Socialist Review issue

December 2014 #397

How can we topple the bosses' Europe?


Following Ukip’s win in the Rochester and Strood by-election the Socialist Workers Party put out a statement calling for the left in Britain to unite...
In Tunisia’s recent parliamentary elections Nida Tunis (Call for Tunisia) secured 85 MPs in the 217-seat parliament, with the former governing party...
by Simon Assaf
Tory home secretary Theresa May is giving police and intellegence services widespread new powers to snoop into our computers. The planned anti-...
by Dave Gibson
The sight of militant pensioners and disabled people wearing Freedom Rider T-shirts while noisily protesting is now commonplace across South...
by Paul McGarr
Anyone living in Tower Hamlets is used to the east London borough being at the centre of political storms. From the fight against the fascist...


Montage of EU suits
Sally Campbell

The EU was never about peace or defending workers' conditions, but a means of expanding the bosses' power. Sally Campbell argues for unity with Europe's workers but hostility to its rulers

Eleanor Marx prepares to address a May Day rally in 1890
Siobhan Brown

Karl Marx's daughter helped organise unskilled workers in the East End of London. Here we reprint a section of the new Rebel's Guide, plus an extract of Eleanor Marx's May Day speech, and Siobhan...

Inside film
Deirdre O'Neill

Inside Film's Deirdre O'Neill spoke to Sally Campbell about the project that enables prisoners to challenge stereotypes about their lives

Made in Dagenham
Julie Sherry

Julie Sherry reviews the new musical telling of the Ford women's struggle

Ford's women
Sabby Sagall

The 1968 Ford women's strike was a landmark on the way to equal pay. Sabby Sagall recalls the dispute and its effects.

Syriza demo
Mark L Thomas

The rise of left formations such as Syriza and Podemos presents new challenges

Chris Fuller

The 1914 Christmas truce has been sanitised and commercialised. But as Chris Fuller explains, the generals were terrified of where it could lead, and resolved to crush any similar fraternisation...


In perspective column
by Brian Richardson

The electoral success of far-right parties presents a challenge for the left. Brian Richardson reports from a key anti-fascist conference in Greece that is beginning to coordinate a continent-wide...

by Ken Montague

A new United Nations Synthesis Report on climate change makes grim reading, and despite attempts by various governements to skew its findings, it is unambiguous in its conclusions.

Culture column
by Noel Halifax
You enter a well-lit room. On the walls are the following scenes: an orgy of naked men and women in various combinations including animals and young children; a prone naked woman with two goatmen...
Culture clash
by Sarah Bates
There is a campaign being run at the moment by Native Americans to force the Redskins, an American football team, to change their name and mascot, which they argue perpetuate harmful stereotypes...
by John Newsinger

The OBE was invented as a way of tying ordinary people to a system in deep crisis, writes John Newsinger, while the man who came up with the idea was part of a cover up into the sexual abuse of...


by John Smithee
I live in what used to be a safe Tory parliamentary seat (North East Cambridgeshire), but it’s highly likely that Ukip will win the seat in next May’s general election. The outcome of the general...
by Camilla Royle
I agree with Hassan Mahamdallie’s article on the Exhibit B controversy (November SR). When protesters organised a petition and picketed an artwork they felt was racist and won their demands they...


by Laura Miles

A rich and passionate life dedicated to struggle and the fight for transgender liberation


by Jeff Jackson

My mother calls me up again to speak to me of suicide.
Another young man in the west has committed his suicide.
She tells me that I knew him in my teenage years

by Martin Empson

Almost as soon as the Great Revolt of 1381 finished it became part of the myths and legends that have inspired those who fight oppression and exploitation. Many readers will know the famous...

by Simon Assaf

This is a compelling visual history of black film posters, from early productions that perpetuated racist stereotypes to groundbreaking films by black directors. A great Xmas present.

by Julie Roberts

This is an outstanding book that makes archaeology accessible and exciting to read.More than this, it takes us through a panoramic tour of the achievements and ancient history of the continent of...

by Ken Olende

Ottobah Cugoano was one of the three leading black activists fighting slavery in late 18th century Britain. Though he published his book before Olaudah Equiano and Ignatius Sancho became known, he...

by Senan Mortell

Run the Jewels 2 is not the sort of album you often find reviewed in these pages.

It is one of the most highly anticipated hip hop albums of the year and on the whole it does not...

by Christine Lewis

Grayson Perry is known in the art world for his exhibitions of pots, tapestries and his alter ego Claire, who he uses to challenge assumptions about art, creativity, human experience and society....

by Dave Gilchrist

Most people brought up in the Catholic religion will have followed the Way of the Cross, a spiritual meditation on the journey of Jesus from death sentence to crucifixion. It is a story told in...

by Andrea Butcher

I’ve always liked Dusty Springfield. She was born in 1939 just up the road from where I live now in West Hampstead as Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien. Her father was a tax consultant, her...

Art / Exhibitions
by Penny Foskett

Many will be familiar with writers such as George Orwell, who wrote about the Spanish Civil War. Less well known is the response of British visual artists. They are splendidly surveyed in this...

by Sara Tomlinson

Molly Davies’ play has a disconcerting set for those of us who work in a primary school. The studio has been turned into the perfect replica of a Year 4 classroom, with ceiling tiles, displays and...

by Sarah Ensor

Olive Kitteridge is not a happy woman. In the first two minutes of this slow-paced, bleakly humorous HBO mini-series she is preparing to shoot herself in the glorious autumn woods of Maine,...

by Josh Hollands

Before the Stonewall riots, gay liberation movements and recent campaigns for marriage equality, Der Kreis (The Circle) was a radical proposition. A bi-monthly magazine, it included homoerotic...