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7 February 2017

Housing: Irresponsibility becomes reality

'Councils will be ordered to build thousands more homes' is the message. I immediately thought I'd missed the election of a Corbyn-led government that was implementing a basic socialist policy. No.

3 February 2017

Response to Derek Hatton's criticism of Corbyn over Brexit vote

Derek Hatton's criticism of Jeremy Corbyn's proposed support for triggering Brexit is off the mark (FT 1/2/17), writes Tony Mulhearn

1 February 2017

Why I joined: "Things have to change"

I look around at prices going up for everything and can't understand how we can sustain this way of life for even the next ten years!

25 January 2017

The Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Pensioner poverty; troublesome taxes; private profiteering.

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.

18 January 2017

Socialist artists invite others to exhibit work

The first edition of the 'Bad Art' magazine was produced in July 2016. It signalled the creation of a new project aiming to build from the ground up in working class neighbourhoods, to challenge capitalism's

18 January 2017

John Berger: remarkable art of a contradictory socialist

John Berger, 1926-2017: Berger, who has died aged 90, was one of the most influential arts and cultural critics of the last half-century. But his 'Marxism' was not fully rounded out or linked to a clear socialist programme for the fundamental change of society

18 January 2017

The Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Capitalist economist admits defeat; Fenton festivities; Brexit bind; Castro cant.

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.

18 January 2017

Why I joined the Socialist Party

"I witnessed the effort and commitment displayed by members" Some of my generation are frustrated, angry and upset with the Tory government and the way the whole world seems to be heading. I say to them that the Socialist Party is an organisation in which you can actually witness the difference your actions can make

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'.

11 January 2017

Football abuse scandal: Reclaim the game for justice and accountability

Former football player Andy Woodward waived his right to anonymity on 16 November. His story of being sexually abused as a youth player by convicted paedophile Barry Bennell at Crewe Alexandra FC came out in the Guardian.

4 January 2017

The Socialist Inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Stand up to the Tories; poverty barons; narrow education thinking; unionise call centres; revolutionary lessons of 1917; care crisis.

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.

14 December 2016

2016 sounds for your stocking

The political tremors of 2016 stretched into music with multiple deaths of well-loved figures. But there was a wonderful array of new music in 2016.

14 December 2016

The Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors. Scrooge bosses; local lotteries; liberal confusion.

14 December 2016

It's the bumper Socialist 2016 quiz!

Here's the editors' test of our readers' knowledge. All the questions are themed from articles which appeared in the Socialist this year. You don't have to resort to using a search engine - the answers are below!

7 December 2016

Food banks and the real Daniel Blakes

Hundreds of thousands of people are surviving and feeding themselves by using foodbanks in Britain today

7 December 2016

Obituary: John Sharpe: 1953-2016

John died of heart disease very suddenly, at a too early age.

30 November 2016

The Socialist Inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Croydon tram tragedy; bully bailiff gets wrong house; waiters' wages; stop Lord Sainsbury; 'I, Daniel Blake'; super seventies?


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