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8 June 2017

Huddersfield Socialist Party: A review of the general election

The votes will have been cast and the campaign dying down. Labour will either have got the message across and closed the gap on the Tories or the Murdoch Empire will have poisoned the campaigns again.

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24 May 2017

Gentrification, class and race in Brixton film

Film review: A Moving Image: A stirring look at gentrification in Brixton, south London

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17 May 2017

Hull workers who fought in the Spanish Civil War

Theatre review: Ocho: Ocho tells the story of eight men from Hull who went to fight in the Spanish Civil War. Jane Thornton is a Bafta-winning playwright who has worked with local historians and relatives of the eight men to weave together this fascinating tale, not only of the men but of the wives they left behind.

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10 May 2017

Theatre review: Fracked! Political satire skewers frackers

'Fracked!' is an interesting and topical play, and puts forward good environmental arguments against the use of fracking for our future energy sources

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3 May 2017

Rare opportunity to see Russian revolution lifted off the page

Exhibition review: 'Russian revolution - hope, tragedy, myths': This new exhibition at the British Library draws on an extensive collection to take visitors through the key events of the Russian revolution

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19 April 2017

Mass movements, not 'fringe cultures', can win feminist change

Non-fiction review - 'Why I am not a feminist': We have seen and will see mass movements of women and men against capitalism and sexism. But sadly, in this book, Jessa Crispin seems to conclude that we are not up to the task

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12 April 2017

Derby teaching assistants accept offer to end pay dispute

Following negotiations and a ballot of Unison members the Derby teaching assistants' dispute ended on 5 April. The members voted nine-to-one to accept the offer from Derby council.

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22 March 2017

Precise, visceral account of working class heroism

Non-fiction review - 'Spain in our hearts': Left-leaning academic Adam Hochschild's remarkable latest work collects the visceral stories of Americans and Canadians who fought fascism as part of the 'International Brigades' in Spain's 1936-9 civil war

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1 March 2017

How black women fought racism and sexism at Nasa

Film review: Hidden Figures: Space rockets and the struggle against racism and sexism might seem an odd combination but Hidden Figures definitely pulls it off

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22 February 2017

Web series review: Cooked - "How capitalism ruined eating"

The title 'Cooked' doesn't exactly sound like essential political viewing. But in this adaptation of Michael Pollan's 2013 bestselling book of the same title, the author examines the contribution of cooking to human development and progress.

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15 February 2017

Vivid visual account of the Paris Commune

Graphic novel review: 'The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia': The vivid artwork, detailed notes, and narration and dialogue drawn from the subjects' own writings and speeches, can bring to life these events

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8 February 2017

The Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Roger Bannister's retirement, Sri Lankan strikes and ambulance staff shortages.

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8 February 2017

Tense, lively prologue to events which changed the world

Non-fiction review: Lenin on the Train: When the February revolution broke out in Russia in 1917 and the Tsar was overthrown, Vladimir Lenin was living in exile in Switzerland.

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1 February 2017

Leicester: libraries fightback

Like other Labour-controlled local authorities, Leicester City Council is in the process of doing the Tories' bidding by destroying our city's public services.

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25 January 2017

Ed Balls: 'Speaking Out' for capitalism

Non-fiction review - Speaking Out: Ed Balls elicits sympathy for his battle against his stammer. His view that anyone who disagrees with him is a communist will probably elicit less sympathy.

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18 January 2017

Theatre review: high art and savage poverty in Bootle

The Seven Acts of Mercy: It's unlikely this work will get the same exposure as 'I, Daniel Blake', for example. But for those who do get the chance to see it - the voice of the dispossessed speaks loud and clear, and the desire to rid the world of capitalist exploitation once and for all rings out for all to hear.

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11 January 2017

Book review: Spy drama gives insight into capitalist coup plot

Fiction review: A Very British Ending: Rarely does a political spy novel contain so much historical fact, written in such a gripping manner as Edward Wilson's 'A Very British Ending'.

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19 December 2016

Film review: Rogue One

It's clear from the off that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a spin-off from the main saga, is a little bit different. The whole scenario is an allegory for American imperialism and intervention in the Middle East, and the insurgency it has created.

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7 December 2016

TAs force Labour to suspend pay cuts

Durham teaching assistants have won a significant battle in their campaign against pay cuts

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16 November 2016

A Street Cat Named Bob: tale of neglect by capitalism

Film review: 'A Street Cat Named Bob' is the heart-warming story of a man trying to beat addiction and homelessness with the support of his pet cat.

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