Socialist Review issue

October 2020 #461

The war on our health

News

by Lee Humber
Is there anyone left in Britain, apart from that tiny, tiny minority of individuals with a vested financial interest, who thinks that entrusting to...
by Rob Hoveman
The Covid crisis has led to lockdown measures which have produced big declines in economic activity across the world. Britain has suffered the worst...
by Mark Thomas
This September marked six months since the UK entered national lockdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The terror of the lockdown, when...

Features

Feature
Lewis Neilsen

Could the unbelievable happen and Trump win a second term in the White House? The game changer will be the radicalisation of the protest movements, not the campaign for Biden, writes Lewis Nielsen...

Feature
Esme Choonara

Social inequality is reflected most harshly in our chances to lead a healthy life, argues Esme Choonara. But the fight for better healthcare rests in the fundamental way our society is organised...

Feature
Rob Ferguson

The forthcoming report by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission will unleash a new wave of attacks on the left in the Labour Party, it also sets a trap for our movement, writes Rob Ferguson...

Feature
Martin Empson

While the Covid lockdown raised hopes that we could rein in global warming and cut pollution, it wasn’t enough, warns Martin Empson

Opinion

Comment
by Richard Donnelly

The idea that Covid-19 was created by a cabal of satanists is fusing with conspiracy therories about 5G and vaccines. It may sound like a plot of a B Movie, but it’s gaining traction, warns...

Comment
by Virginia Rodino

When US sports stars led an unofficial walkout over the police shooting of Jason Blake, the season was over. Then Obama intervened, and that’s the problem with the Democrats, writes Virginia...

Comment
by Brian Richardson
Donald Trump is set to nominate a successor to liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died on 18 September. His declaration speaks volumes about the opportunism of the ruling elite....
Comment
by Jim Fagan

Covid-19 disproportionally affects BAME people and migrants, yet they have most to fear from seeking treatment, writes Jim Fagan

Comment
by Conor Reddy

Conor Reddy on how the emergency response to the pandemic has strengthened the demand for an all Ireland national health service

Opinion
by Karen Reissmann

Socialist Review spoke to leading union activist Karen Reissmann about how the People Before Profit Covid Activist Group lead the fight in the NHS

Opinion
by Jenny Dalgleish

During the pandemic care workers were thrown into the frontline with little support or PPE, caring for the elderly that had been abandoned to the privatised care industry, writes Jenny Dalgleish...

Comment
by Mike Simon
The left faces a challenging battle in the fight against allegations of antisemitism over coming months. The attacks did not end with Labour’s election defeat or Jeremy Corbyn’s departure as leader....
Comment
by Sarah Ensor

The struggle for the natural world has always pitted the left against the right, now it’s become a battle for survival, argues Sarah Ensor

Columnists
by John Newsinger
On 4 December 1935, England played Germany at White Hart Lane, the Tottenham Hotspur football ground in north London. The game was seen by the Nazis as a great political and propaganda coup,...

Reviews

Culture
by Cat Mackay

Cat Mackay spoke to filmmakers Don Coutts and David Hayman about their 2018 documentary Slavery: Scotland’s Hidden Shame. Coutts and Hayman travelled to Sierra Leone and Jamaica, bringing to light...

Music
by Michael Holland

It was terribly sad to hear of the death of reggae legend Frederick “Toots” Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals. His unique, gospel influenced music was fantastic to listen and dance to. It was...

Music
by Brian Richardson

The explosive impact of this summer’s Black Lives Matter protests was bound to stir music makers into creative action. Public Enemy’s Chuck D, once described rap as “Black America’s CNN”, the...

Music
by Rena Niamh Smith

SOURCE is the long-awaited debut album from Camden’s Nubya Garcia, which follows her award-winning EPs 5IVE (2017) and WHEN WE ARE (2018). The compser, saxophonist and DJ cut her teeth in groups...

Music
by Rick Blackman

Following the Second World War, austerity and rationing loomed large in British society. The rebuilding of post-war Britain would change the country forever. The Windrush generation saw new...

Books
by Roddy Slorach

This is a thoroughly researched account of the history of welfare reform and its devastating impact on the lives of disabled people’s in Britain. It’s a powerful indictment of the governments...

Books
by Laura Miles

In The Pink Line South African journalist and filmmaker Mark Gevisser presents a perceptive and comprehensive picture of the international fight for LGBT+ rights in the twenty first century....

Reviews
by Sarah Cox

Pew spans a week in a small town in the Southern States of America. A young person is found during the Sunday morning service sleeping on a family pew. Visitors to the town are rare, so the family...

Reviews
by Mark Kranz

We live in a world that is facing a profound and deepening ecological and social crisis. People are searching for an understanding of how this all happened, and what can be done about it. In The...

Books
by John Newsinger

In November 2018, 92 year old Christine Jordan, a cousin of Martin Luther King and herself a veteran civil rights campaigner, went to in the election vote for Governor of Georgia. She went to the...

Books
by Simon Gilbert

The “myth” of this book’s title is that Chinese capitalism offers a model for other developing countries. In a wide-ranging study, Dexter Roberts sets out to show that it is unsustainable. At the...