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6 June 2018

The Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including jailed TUSC agent Chris Fernandez and the shallow liberal press.

6 June 2018

Rich, raw tale of financial crisis's impact on rural Ireland

Fiction: The Spinning Heart: I have only recently caught up with Donal Ryan's wonderful, inventive 2012 debut novel about the brutal and shattering effects on a rural Irish community following the financial meltdown of 2007-08.

6 June 2018

Alt-right gains exposure - but tedious clichés betray lack of ideas

Nonfiction - 12 Rules for Life: an Antidote to Chaos: The publication in January of Jordan Peterson's '12 Rules for Life', with recent appearances on British and international television, represent an advance for tired but dangerous arch-conservative ideas.

30 May 2018

Aberfan disaster novel reminds us Grenfell was not an anomaly

Fiction: Black River: Aberfan, Hillsborough, Grenfell. Names synonymous with warnings ignored, corners cut and the disregard capitalism has for working class lives.

30 May 2018

Sting's shipbuilders showcase class pride and change from below

Theatre: The Last Ship: It's not often that a West End-style stage musical can be politically inspiring. But imagine one with amazing sets, great music by Sting, a strong cast - and an anticapitalist story line. That's 'The Last Ship'.

30 May 2018

The Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including benefit cuts, Prince Charles, train toilets and developers' charter

23 May 2018

The Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including witch hunts and private police.

23 May 2018

We can learn about struggle from the mass trespass of Kinder Scout

The story of the mass trespass by hundreds of young working people from Manchester and Sheffield on Kinder Scout, to establish the 'right to roam', is remembered with pride.

23 May 2018

Ads won't fix it: fight mental health cuts as well as stigma

Capitalist society has caused a mental health crisis of gargantuan proportions. One in four people in Britain will experience a mental health problem in their life, but only one in eight sufferers are receiving treatment, according to Mind.

23 May 2018

How 'Prevent' training fosters racist paranoia

Recently work required me to complete online 'Prevent' training, supposed to help those who work with young people spot signs of "radicalisation."

16 May 2018

The Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including antisemitism, Chris Fernandez and gentrification

9 May 2018

Obituary: Tony Byrne 1939 - 2018

The labour movement has suffered a blow by the death of our good comrade, ex-Liverpool city Labour councillor Tony Byrne.

2 May 2018

The Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Liverpool 47 commemoration, Trotsky 1917, NHS tax and hairdressing.

2 May 2018

Obituary: Roy Corke 1945-2018

Wirral Socialist Party members were shocked to hear of the unexpected death of Roy Corke

18 April 2018

The Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Antisemitism smears, imperialism's double standards, defend local football

18 April 2018

Vital depiction of fight for Aids prevention and treatment

Film - 120 BPM: Activists in 'Act Up' in the 1980s and 90s organised militant political action against the ongoing Aids crisis

11 April 2018

The Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including homelessness, economics, Iran, North Korea, hospital cuts, Russia and Universal Credit.

11 April 2018

Moving look at school students' many perspectives on sexism

Fiction: The Nowhere Girls: 'The Nowhere Girls' is written from the perspective of a variety of young women school students at Prescott High School in the US, although it mainly chronicles the three founding members of the Nowhere Girls, Rosina, Erin and Grace

11 April 2018

Striking analysis in heat of 1917 will deepen any reader's understanding

Non-fiction: Trotsky in 1917: 'Trotsky in 1917' is the most complete collection in English of some of the contributions of Leon Trotsky, one of the Russian revolution's key leaders alongside Vladimir Lenin, in that crucial year

4 April 2018

The Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the editors. Microplastics, jailed TUSC agent writes, antisemitism smears, and more.


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