Socialist Review issue

May 2016 #413

Signs of Recovery


As we go to press the Labour left is coming under attack from a coalition of the Tories and the Labour right throwing accusations of anti-Semitism....
With the referendum campaign on Britain’s membership of the EU now underway, left forces have officially launched a campaign for a left wing British...
Last month’s first round presidential election in Austria showed a dangerous shift to the right. Norbert Hofer of the fascist Freedom Party came top...
The success of the far right anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) in regional elections in March sent shockwaves across Germany, as we...


Donny Gluckstein, Penny Gower

Further Education lecturers in Scotland won a stunning victory in March after just one day of planned all-out strike action. Lecturers' union activists Donny Gluckstein and Penny Gower draw out...

Chris Fuller

For many of those on the left who support Britain's membership of the EU, environmental protection is an important factor. But the EU's pursuit of neoliberalism and its steadfast support for big...

Noel Halifax

Neoliberalism has promoted an art market that encourages the rise of artists such as Damien Hirst as "factory" owners, employing students on low wages to churn out works for the world's super-rich...

Ian Angus

Human activity has transformed the Earth, accelerating climate change in just a few decades. Author Ian Angus talks to Socialist Review about facing up to the new reality.

Hassan Mahamdallie

In May 1916 US troops entered Santo Domingo. They would leave eight years later, after reshaping the economy in the interests of US big business. But the legacy of the occupation has been much...

Mark L Thomas

The junior doctors' dispute has combined with teachers’ anger and the Tory crisis to present new opportunities

SOAS fractionals campaign
Xanthe Rose

The creeping marketisation of higher education has had major implications for staff contracts. Xanthe Rose explains the extent of casualised work in the sector.


by Jimmy Ross
James Connolly, one of the seven signatories of the proclamation of the Irish Republic and commander of the armed forces in Dublin during the Easter Rising of 1916, was a Scot born to Irish parents...
by John Newsinger
Jeremy Corbyn is not the first leader of the Labour Party to have supported strikes and opposed war. Keir Hardie, who had himself been victimised for trade union activity, had a record of supporting...
by Joseph Choonara

The more radical elements of Corbyn and McDonnell's economic policies can challenge the logic of capitalism

by Keith Flett
The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has been in the news as its recent annual conference launched a year-long debate about “revitalisation”, to look at what the purpose of the organisation should be in...


Son of Saul
by Rhys Williams

It is a truism for revolutionaries that people make their own history but not in circumstances of their own choosing. But what of the men, women and children who have history thrust upon them,...

by Alan Gibbons

When I was 14 I managed my first, rather comic act of political rebellion. Partly inspired by Ken Loach’s film Cathy Come Home, I chalked “Long live the proletariat” on the blackboard at Crewe...

by Lucy Cox

This is a timely and incredibly useful new publication. With the fight now on to defend all our schools from wholesale privatisation we need the ideas in this book to consider what is wrong with...

by Mark Krantz

This is a collection of eleven essays on the history of May Day written by Marxist historian Peter Linebaugh “during the decades of conservative repression” in the US when celebrations of workers...

Stevie Smith
by Jay Williams

Stevie Smith is best known for her poem “Not Waving but Drowning”. The metaphor in the title serves as a guide to much of her poetry:

I was much further out than you thought
And not...

by Ian Taylor

Global temperatures “smashed” a 100-year record in March, according to the World Meteorological Organisation. So this book on “how the military and corporations are shaping a climate-changed world...

by Dave Weltman

This is a very useful little book which comes in a highly attractive format, especially because it aspires to blend serious revolutionary ideas in a playful soup of self-deprecating humour and...

by Dave Sewell

The words “white working class” should set alarm bells ringing for most socialists. Rarely has a seemingly descriptive term become so loaded. As Harris Beider laments, it’s become as if the only...

by Kevin McCaighy

The films of writer/director Alan Clarke are some of the most forceful, passionate and challenging in the history of British cinema and television.

Most of his acclaimed work has been...

Art / Exhibitions
by Sean Vernell

Britain as Revealed by International Photographers, curated by renowned photographer Martin Parr, is a fascinating investigation into the social, political and cultural lives of working class...

Art / Exhibitions
by Kate Abildgaard

The assistant curator told me to pick up an orange. So I did. Because this is conceptual art. The orange was part of a sculpture intended to make us think about art as something to be consumed —...

by Sally Campbell

The secret world of tax evasion and dirty financial dealing revealed by the Panama papers is the setting for this adaptation of John Le Carre’s 2010 novel.

Specifically, Our Kind of...

by Shirin Hirsch

This is an important documentary on the inspirational life of the Marxist revolutionary, CLR James, structured around his books and illuminating some of his more overlooked work. The film is...

by Stuart Curlett

It has been five years since Polly Jean Harvey’s last and much celebrated album Let England Shake, which adopted a more overtly political approach to music, with haunting imagery of poverty and...

Five Things Listing

Arabian Nights

Vols 1 & 2 out now, vol 3 out 6 May, in cinemas and on Mubi

Miguel Gomes’s trilogy of films is coming out over three consecutive weeks. This...

by Liz Wheatley

Love and Friendship is based on an unfinished novella by Jane Austen. Called Lady Susan, it is written as a series of letters and is thought to be one of her earlier works, although only...