Socialist Review issue

November 2010 #352

Are the battle lines drawn?


by Joseph Choonara

Joseph Choonara opens our coverage of the spending review, arguing that George Osborne's plans expose the lie that "we're all in it together".

by Danny Dorling

With the poorest set to suffer most from cuts, Danny Dorling looks at the damage the spending review will do to the lives of millions.

by Graham Turner

Economist Graham Turner gives his assessment of the austerity plans and their wider significance.

by Jane Hardy

The spending review comes at a time of high international tension, as governments around the world compete to escape economic ruin. Jane Hardy...

by Denis Goddard

"On Monday we strike, on Tuesday we strike, on Wednesday we strike, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday too - and it'll only be over when we've won...

by Patrick Ward

Italy - Germany - Portugal - Spain

by Nikos Loudos, by Marnie Holborow

Across Europe austerity is being imposed - but it is often met with resistance. Nikos Loudos draws lessons from the explosive struggles of Greek...


Mark Bergfeld

Lord Browne's recommendation of unlimited tuition fees and the introduction of the free market into universities constitutes a devastating assault on access to education by working class people....

Alistair Smith

Since the passing of the Academies Act in July 2010 a new wave of privatisation has been unleashed on our schools. Conversion of outstanding schools to academies or the creation of new "free"...

Hassan Mahamdallie, Frank Crichlow

Frank Crichlow, a life-long anti-racist from west London, died recently. In a hitherto unseen interview from 1995, he spoke to Hassan Mahamdallie about his life.

Jake Pace-Lawrie

Travelling communities have suffered bigotry and attacks for centuries - frequently characterised as petty criminals, they are seen as a soft target whose culture and way of life are illegitimate...

Diane Jeantet

The policy towards Roma communities led by French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his minister of immigration, integration and national identity, Eric Besson, has provoked international outrage....


In my view column
by Pat Stack

At times the Labour Party leadership contest seemed to go on forever.

In perspective column
by Mike Gonzalez

The entrapment and eventual release of 33 Chilean miners provoked a media frenzy. But beneath the self-serving sympathy of Chile's politicians lies the real story of solidarity.

Culture column
by Martin Smith

Porridge was a wonderful 1970s sitcom about life in prison.


Alexei Sayle - Dagenham - Disability - Get clever - Irate


by Patrick Ward, by Joe Bageant

In his previous book, Deer Hunting with Jesus, Joe Bageant took on the media's portrayal of the "redneck" community he grew up in. He talks to Patrick Ward about his new memoir, Rainbow Pie.


by Shaun Doherty

The Obama Syndrome (Tariq Ali) is published by Verso, £9.99. Obama's Wars (Bob Woodward) is published by Simon and Schuster, £20.

by Clare Fermont

Jonathan Franzen, Fourth Estate, £20

by Alys Zaerin

Elaheh Rostami-Povey, Zed Books, £18.99

by Dave Crouch

Lawrence Archer and Fiona Bawdon, Pluto, £13

by Keith Flett

Polly Toynbee and David Walker, Granta, £18.99

by Ken Montague

Merilyn Moos, Cressida, £9.99

by John Newsinger

Irving Bernstein, Haymarket, £17.99/£20

by Estelle Cooch

Nick Turse (ed), Verso, £9.99

by Mark Bergfeld

Derek Wall, Pluto, £12.99

by Patrick Ward

Iain M Banks, Orbit, £18.99

by Miriam Scharf

Shir Hever, Pluto, £17.99

by Camilla Royle

Susan George, Polity Press, £14.99


Meltdown - Close to the Sun - Dissent - Iron Man

by Sally Campbell

Director: Matt Reeves; Release date: 5 November

by Ben Windsor

Director: Olivier Assayas; Release date: out now

by Josh Hollands

Director: Rikki Beadle-Blair; Release date: out now

by Bob Light

This sumptuous four-DVD box set produced by the British Film Institute (BFI) contains 34 rare documentary films from the post-war period.

Art / Exhibitions
by Colin Wilson

Tate Modern, until January 2011

Art / Exhibitions
by John Clossick

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

Five Things Listing

London Jazz - Metropolis - Larsson - Pinter - Shun-Kin