Socialist Review issue

February 2004 #282

Time's up


by Editorial

Tony Blair remains prime minister not on the basis of the popular will, but through the support of the chancellor, Gordon Brown, and the...

by Solomon Hughes

The Hutton inquiry cut into the government, exposing the messy lies and distortions underneath Blair's Iraq claims. The Hutton report puts a nice...

Employer's guide to legal loopholes - European Commission skateboard ban - Labour website gap

by Sally Campbell

While Tony Blair clung to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) as the justification for war on Iraq, the US administration tended to hold more with...

by Esme Choonara

The World Social Forum (WSF) that took place last month in Mumbai (Bombay) represented another immense step forward for the anti-capitalist...

by BBC Worker

Staff at the TV Centre, Broadcasting House and other BBC buildings round the country showed what they thought of the Hutton report when they...

by Phil Pardoe

After years of resentment over poverty pay the dam has finally burst in the civil service.

by Neil Hodge

The government has proposed to sharpen the teeth of one of the country's 23 accounting regulators in the hope of avoiding a possible Enron scandal...

by Pete Glatter

The death of Haydar Aliyev, the 80 year old president of Azerbaijan, was less than headline news in the west. Once a key figure in the 'evil...


John Molyneux

As Respect is launched John Molyneux looks at the political and historical context of the coalition - and seeks to answer the doubters.

Julie Bundy, Gareth Jenkins

Julie Bundy and Gareth Jenkins spoke to activists at the launch convention about how they see the coalition developing.

Paul Foot

Karl Marx continues to be damned because of the revolutionary power he identified, argues Paul Foot.

Michael Rosen

To New Labour, schools are factories churning out workers, but how could education be run in an equal society, asks poet Michael Rosen.

Martin Smith, Denys Baptiste

Martin Smith talks to Denys Baptiste about his new album, the civil rights movement and the struggle for freedom and justice today.

Anne Ashford

Modern language, science and culture owes much to the Muslim empire of the early Middle Ages.

Clare Fermont

Haiti's current crisis is rooted in its history of colonialism.


by Martin Empson

This month brings an email from an activist with the AUT at a major British university. He describes how email and the internet have become useful tools in their attempt to organise workers at the...

by The Walrus

Shocking new figures have put equal pay back on the agenda.

by Chris Harman

Coalitions can't substitute for revolutionary organisation but are a vital prerequisite.

by Mike Davis

The free market means a maze of fortified borderposts.

by Mike Gonzalez

A decade on, the Zapatistas still inspire resistance, writes Mike Gonzalez.

by Pat Stack

Is political correctness the problem, or just old-fashioned bigotry?


by Dave Sherry

Jamie Rankin didn't appreciate Neil Davidson's critique of Scottish nationalism, arguing, 'It is as legitimate to feel that Scotland has been oppressed by England since 1296 as it is to believe...

by Tom Machell

The Walrus's column (December SR) on union strategies for combating offshoring was interesting on a number of levels.

by Paul Topley

A short postscript to your article on political developments in south and west Essex (January SR).

by Ted Crawford

This is an appeal by the Marxist Internet Archive.

by Joe Hartney

How is it possible to reduce inflation overnight? Simple - switch to a new method of measuring it that consistently records a lower figure.


by Andrew Stone

Review of 'This Is Not My Nose', Michael Rosen, Penguin £7.99

by Michael Bradley

Review of 'Crossroads of Freedom', James M McPherson, Penguin £7.99

by Nicola Field

Review of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time', Mark Haddon, Jonathon Cape £10.99

by Nicolai Gentchev

Review of 'The Balkan Socialist Tradition', Editors Dragan Plavsic and
Andreja Zivkovic, Revolutionary History £12.95

by Sheila McGregor

Review of 'Fat Wars', Ellen Ruppel Shell, Atlantic £8.99

by Matt Grabham

Review of 'The No-Nonsense Guide to HIV/Aids', Shereen Usdin, Verso £7

by Matt Gordon

Review of 'North Korea', Bruce Cumings, New Press £14.95

by Chris Nineham

Review of 'Tropical Truth', Caetano Veloso, Bloomsbury £10.99

by Stephen Philip

Review of 'Dogville', director Lars Von Trier

by Tom Wall

Review of 'American Splendor', directors Shari Springer Bergman and Robert Pulcini, and 'Lost in Translation', director Sofia Coppola

by Phil Waite

Review of 'Last Party 2000', directors Rebecca Chaiklin and Donovan Leitch


An interview with Alistair Hulett and Martin McCardie.

by Sabby Sagall

Review of 'The Permanent Way' by David Hare, National Theatre, London, then touring

by Beccy Reese

Review of 'His Dark Materials' by Nicholas Wright, National Theatre, London