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19 January 2022

Theatre: Yes Yes UCS

Interview: Telling the story of the 1971 Upper Clyde Shipbuilders work-in: In June 1971, the privately owned shipyards of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders collapsed into receivership. But instead of accepting redundancy, the large workforce occupied the affected sites and began its famous

12 January 2022

Anne: Hillsborough and the fight for justice

Kevin Sampson's short TV series portrays the crusade for justice by the family of one of the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster's victims

12 January 2022

Money Heist: A Robin Hood tale set in modern-day capitalism

TV series: 'La Casa de Papel' or Money Heist: This is a must-watch Spanish drama over five series, and now available to watch in its entirety on Netflix.

12 January 2022

Don't Look Up: An entertaining satire on corporate power and the US establishment

Film: 'Don't Look Up': The movie satire, 'Don't Look Up', became a major hit over the Christmas holiday season. The dark comedy, written and directed by Adam McKay, concerns a desperate attempt by scientists to alert the

12 January 2022

War criminal Tony Blair knighted

On New Year's Eve, Buckingham Palace announced that former Labour prime minister Tony Blair would be rewarded with the Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter by the Queen

12 January 2022

Bullying weighing room culture at the races

Horse racing, known as 'the sport of kings', has a long history. And for most of that time the jockeys were male, until the 1970s, in particular 1979, when women were allowed to become professional jockeys.

12 January 2022

Free prescriptions? Maybe when you're older

The government has a proposal on the table to raise the qualifying age for free medical prescriptions from 60 to 66

15 December 2021

Christmas quiz of 2021

OK, here's the annual opportunity to check your brain's neural connectivity and recall what happened in 2021.

15 December 2021

TV review: Vaccine Wars: The Truth About Pfizer

Nationalise the pharmaceutical giants: This Dispatches programme reveals the enormous profits made by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, the lack of vaccines sent to poorer countries, and how Pfizer money helps spread misleading claims about rivals.

8 December 2021

Film review: The Harder They Fall

'The Harder They Fall' is a new Western on Netflix. The movie sets are stylised and the gunfights are majestically choreographed. But the film also stands out for its all-black cast, something that is

8 December 2021

Mail attacks tube strikers by stealing socialist's image

The Daily Mail's distain for working-class people will not surprise many of our readers, neither will its shoddy journalism

1 December 2021

TV review: Valley of the Tears

Effective, but flawed, depiction of war and class divisions: Valley of the Tears is an Israeli TV series which is set in the first days of the war between the Israeli state and a coalition of Arab states, principally Egypt and Syria, in October 1973.

24 November 2021

What did you think of Socialism 2021?

An inspiring and optimistic weekend. So great to be with so many Socialist Party members, especially in person. Great to see so many young members there too.

24 November 2021

Obituary: Ted Austin (1940-2021) - working-class socialist stalwart

Socialist Party members are saddened to hear about the loss of Ted Austin, aged 81, who died on 11 November, following a short illness

17 November 2021

Readers' opinion

As a Yorkshire cricket fan I was appalled that Yorkshire County Cricket (YCC) felt there was no action necessary against the staff and players that its own report found had subjected Azeem Rafiq to racist abuse.

10 November 2021

John Barnes on class and capitalism. What's missing?

Book review: The Uncomfortable Truth About Racism: 'The Uncomfortable Truth About Racism', by former footballer John Barnes, makes some valuable points

27 October 2021

TV review Maid

Ably showing inadequacy, red tape and inhumanity of capitalism: This ten-part dramatisation is based on Stephanie Land's 2019 memoir, 'Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive'

27 October 2021

TV review The Riots 2011: One Week in August

Following the murder of Mark Duggan by the police, riots rocked London, and many other cities, a decade ago

20 October 2021

I'm unemployed: For me vacancy crisis is a lie

I'm writing this at 7.10am. The other night, I had an interview at a local Tesco for the night shift.

20 October 2021

TV review: Squid Game

'An unflinching critique of capitalism': The South Korean-produced Squid Game now has over 111 million views around the world, in record time for a series released on Netflix


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