Socialist Review issue

October 2014 #395

Scotland: There's no going back


by Mike Waterman
In a landmark victory for Palestinian rights campaigners SodaStream’s flagship Brighton EcoStream store was forced to close its doors. The Israeli...
by Simon Assaf
Last month’s Labour Party conference was a moribund affair, judging by all reports. “Despair” is a word that crops up repeatedly. “Ennui” has also...
by Sally Campbell
Pro-choice campaigners were celebrating last month as an attempt to savagely restrict access to abortion in the Spanish state collapsed. The right...
Syria in rubble
by Simon Assaf
The new rush to war in Iraq and Syria by the West is a dangerous foray back into the quagmire created by its 2003 invasion of Iraq. US President...
Ttip protest
by Peter Robinson

September’s Trades Union Congress committed itself to “outright opposition” to the TTIP trade deal, now being drawn up in secret between the...

by Andy Durgan

En lluita, Barcelona


Pankhurst under arrest
Laura Miles, Sheila Hemingway

When the First World War broke out leaders of the suffragette movement, Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst, supported the slaughter. But as Laura Miles and Sheila Hemingway show, Sylvia Pankhurst...

Fast Food striker
Julie Sherry

Julie Sherry joined a delegation from the British bakers’ union to support a day of strikes by US fast food workers in North Carolina.

Thomas Timlin
As a newly qualified social worker and young person who has experienced the care system, the recent revelations in Rotherham have shocked me. It would be naive to believe similar issues do not...
Tim Sanders
Tony Staunton

The Jay Report revealed the extent of child sexual exploitation in the UK. Tony Staunton argues that the scandal also exposes the impact of cuts, as well as contempt towards vulnerable young women...

Fracking site in the US
Amy Leather

Hydraulic fracturing has rescued the oil and gas industry, producing huge profits and cutting dependence on crude. But the price to be paid will be huge.

Iain Ferguson

The No camp may have won the referendum, but the working class anger that drove the Yes campaign is here to stay. Iain Ferguson reflects on the movement and its fall-out.

Sarah Bates
The Scottish referendum provided a unique opportunity for young people in Scotland to get involved in politics. Despite the defeat on 18 September, the grassroots nature of the Yes campaign has...


Letter from
by Asa Hjalmers

A report on the shock caused by the electoral breakthrough of the fascist Sweden Democrats.

In my view column
by Marcia Cox
The vicious attack that left Stephen Lawrence bleeding to death at a south east London bus stop in 1993 was a racist murder that left a family heartbroken and many people angry. There had already...
Dylan Thomas
Culture column
by Phil Knight
The centenary of the birth of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas is being marked by a host of events across Wales, including tours, art shows, film screenings, plays, lectures and poetry readings. The...
by John Newsinger

The fear exhibited by the ruling class at the prospect of the break-up of the British state was a sight to behold. John Newsinger looks at the actions of a state machine under pressure.


Gone Too Far
by Saba Shiraz aka Kali Rayt

Adapted from Bola Agbaje’s Olivier award winning play, Gone Too Far! is a hilarious and shrewdly observed comedy with a storyline you can relate to and truthfully depicted characters.


by Kate Hunter

In 1916 the physician-superintendent of Edinburgh Asylum claimed that the First World War “did not appear to have increased the amount of insanity”. His colleague at Glasgow Asylum went further:...

Angry Brigade
by Tony Staunton

This brilliant first production of James Graham’s The Angry Brigade is a play of two halves. The story of Britain’s first urban guerrilla group focuses on 1971 and the setting of a number of small...

Northern Soul
by Andrea Butcher

Many of us grew up in a town like Burnsworth. “Burnsworth is a shithole”, says the graffiti put there by John, the main character, who moves from a no-hope school to a dead-end job with a grim...

by Peter Robinson

A British soldier is deployed to a divided country he knows nothing about. The army is there to keep the peace but who is “friendly” and who is “hostile”, and who can he trust? This flawed but...

Tony Benn
by Jeannie Robinson

Hundreds of people came to the see the preview of Tony Benn: Will and Testament in Chesterfield. Many of us had known Tony Benn as our MP and campaigned alongside him. It was very emotional to see...

Art / Exhibitions
by Esther Neslen

In 1968, while Europe and America were in uproar, art student Anselm Kiefer put on his father’s Wehrmacht uniform and photographed himself giving Nazi salutes at various European ssites. This “...

by Ron Senchak

During the early years of the Vietnam War Bruce Dancis refused to be conscripted into the army. For this principled stand he was incarcerated for 19 months — one of 3,000 resisters who were...

by Geoff Brown

Selina Todd has assembled a rich narrative based on research and interviews showing how over the last century the condition of the working class has risen and fallen according to its collective...

by Simon Assaf

This much-anticipated and authoritative book by Anne Alexander and Mostafa Bassiouny tracks the role of the Egyptian working class movements in the 2011 Revolution. It is a closely argued,...

by Camilla Royle

Can Marxism help us understand our relationship with the environment? Did Marx himself ignore the role of nature? And do his theories need to be updated to incorporate ideas from the green...

by Simon Basketter

For a moment it looked as though Rupert Murdoch’s international media empire might be on the brink of collapse. The political pillars of the establishment looked shaky. In the summer of 2011 there...