Socialist Review issue

June 2019 #447

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One more Tory down


by Sally Campbell
Shortly before Socialist Review went to press we heard of the death of Walter Wolfgang at the age of 95. He was a socialist, a Labour Party activist...
by Ken Olende
Kenneth Binyavanga Wainaina (1971–2019) was part of a new generation of African writers who grew up after the radicalism of the independence...


Sally Campbell

Theresa May has announced she's standing down, yet there is still no end in sight for the Brexit debacle. Sally Campbell analyses the European election results and the pressures coming to bear on...

Héctor Puente Sierra

In May over 100 people attended an international conference in Cuba discussing the ideas of Leon Trotsky, with the aim of shaking up state–sanctioned “Marxism”. Héctor Puente Sierra reports.

Yuri Prasad

Racial prejudice forces us to define ourselves with categories that it has created writes Yuri Prasad.

Joseph Choonara

Shoshana Zuboff’s new book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, explores the world of the giant tech companies such as Google, Microsoft, Apple and Amazon. We all know they collect our data for...


by Lee Humber
The relatively small University and College Union (UCU) branch at Ruskin College passed a vote of no confidence in the college’s principal, Paul Di Felice, on Wednesday 27 March. This came after...
by Charlotte Ahmed
In the febrile atmosphere of pre-Brexit Britain, it is a fool’s game to try to predict the short-term future of political parties. That previous certainties have been trashed in the fall-out of the...
by Mark Thomas
The Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) has long had a reputation as a right wing force in the labour movement, a bulwark of the right inside the Labour Party and a voice for “...


by Adrian Jarvis
I very much welcomed Jan Nielsen’s review of The Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story (May SR). It is a powerful film and pulls no punches as to how prejudice and ineptitude of the...
by David Gilchrist
Ian Taylor seems to have reviewed a book that he wished someone had written about Germany (Reviews, May SR). Unfortunately I think he dismisses too lightly the book Oliver Nachtwey actually wrote...


by Simon Guy

The radical critique of class society and colonialism intrinsic to earlier seasons of Game of Thrones was replaced more recently with an individualised tale of psychology, characterised by a deep...

by Sally Campbell

Molly and Amy are best friends who have spent their high school careers focusing on getting the best possible grades so they can get into the best possible colleges and kickstart their bright...

by Harjeevan Gill

Talat Ahmed’s new book chronicles the life of Mohandas Gandhi, who was one of the leaders in the Indian Independence movement. She critically examines Gandhi’s political career and provides an...

by Rebecca Townesend

Louise Haagh mounts a passionate defence for a Universal Basic Income (UBI), “to give all residents a modest regular income grant that is not dependent on means-tests or requirements”. Her book “...

by Ian Taylor

Workers at Topshop, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge and other retail brands in the Arcadia empire of Sir Philip Green might want to read this book as they contemplate redundancy....

by Martin Empson

The “Old Poor Law”, first passed in 1601, was a series of pieces of legislation to attempt to deal with poverty in England and Wales. It lasted, with amendments, until 1834 when the New Poor Law...

by Tony Phillips

Financial blogger Frances Coppola has written a clear, informative little book arguing the case for what she calls “quantitative easing for the people” which she believes can end the stagnation in...

Art / Exhibitions
by Pat Carmody

Spent teargas canisters. Hundreds of these dull grey tubes the size of deodorant cans littered the sand on the walk to the contaminated former landfill site in Calais that became a temporary camp...

by Nicola Field

The Flood opens with these words: “Currently some 70 million individuals have been forcibly displaced by persecution, conflict, and violence around the world… Over 18,000 have died while trying to...

by Sam York

At a time when the music industry’s fat cats are once again tightening their grip on the grime scene, Slowthai’s highly anticipated new album defies genre boundaries with a dirty, grimy album of...

by Oisin Challen Flynn

Laid-back, sensitive and dreamy — nothing less could be expected from Croydon rapper Loyle Carner’s second album. Although perhaps not packing as much of a punch instrumentally as his debut...

Five Things Listing

Keith Haring
Tate Liverpool, 14 June to 10 November
Keith Haring emerged...