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13 October 2021

Newcastle United takeover - no to billionaire Ashley or Saudi despots

For working-class control of football: The vast majority of Newcastle United fans were overjoyed on 7 October at the news that the 14-year reign of Mike Ashley, of Sports Direct infamy, was finally over.

13 October 2021

Ridley Road: An engaging story of fighting fascism

The new BBC 1 drama 'Ridley Road' is based on true events: the struggle against fascism in the early 1960s. It opens with the shocking scene of three characters giving Nazi salutes.

13 October 2021

Readers' comments

Tough for some: Life is tough for everybody. The government cut in Universal Credit is forcing tens of thousands into poverty at a time when prices are set to rise. People will have to choose between heating the house

6 October 2021

Obituary - Dave Hardaker, 1952-2021

Comrades in the Northern Region were shocked to learn of Dave Hardaker's sudden death on Wednesday 29 September.

6 October 2021

Caffeine and capitalism - a symbiotic relationship

'This is your mind on plants' by Michael Pollan - published by Allen Lane: Is the molecule C8H10N4O2 - that's caffeine to you and me - responsible for the slave trade, colonial wars, imperialism, increased labour productivity, and even the development of capitalism?

22 September 2021

TV Review - Help: Heart-wrenching portrayal of Covid care home crisis

'Help' is a heart-wrenching story of a care home in Liverpool for people with dementia. When the Covid-19 crisis hits the home, the main protagonist, Sarah, is faced with loss, pressure and difficult

22 September 2021

Gleision mine deaths: Still fighting for justice

South Wales thought the days of mining tragedies were in the past. The death toll during almost two centuries of mining is over 6,000, even more when Aberfan is included. Ten years ago, in September 2011,

22 September 2021

Corbyn had a social care plan

An edited version of the following letter, sent by Socialist Party executive committee member and Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition National Agent Clive Heemskerk, was published in The Guardian.

15 September 2021

Nuclear Folly: A New History of the Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban missile crisis in 1962 is far from underrepresented in books and media. But 'Nuclear Folly' uses fresh material provided by newly declassified files from the KGB archive, shedding light on

8 September 2021

Obituary: Roger Henshaw, comrade and class fighter

Wonderful tributes are pouring in following the sad death of my great friend and comrade, Roger Henshaw.

8 September 2021

The street I live on

A man was stabbed in the back as he walked along Barton Street, the street I live on in Gloucester, recently

8 September 2021

Socialist change, not climate change

Save the planet - make capitalism extinct: Dave Nellist - Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition chair and Socialist Party national committee member - wrote the following letter to the Observer in reply to the Green Party Baroness Natalie Bennett's call for capitalist reforms to halt catastrophic climate change.

8 September 2021

Vigil: A nuclear sub murder mystery

TV Review: 'We are here to start a nuclear war. Don't waste our time with one bloody death', is the attitude of the officers on HMS Vigil towards the hapless detective DCI Silva in the opening episodes of this

8 September 2021

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Mainstream politics can feel like an anchor to the chest. I once walked the streets, and delivered leaflets for the promise of a socialist government in 2019.

25 August 2021

Film Review: Martin Eden

Martin Eden is an Italian film based on Jack London's 1909 novel. I highly recommend it. Jack London set his novel in the US, the film moves the story to Naples in the 1920s and 1930s.

25 August 2021

TV review: Revolutionary Love

Many protagonists depicted in Korean dramas are desperate to get a permanent job. Jun, however, chooses to fill her waking hours with part-time work. She doesn't want to show allegiance to the corporate

28 July 2021

TV Review: Stateless blames mismanagement rather than system

Australia has long been held up as a particularly repressive immigration system, and has served as an inspiration for both Labour and Conservative governments in Britain

14 July 2021

England football team

As a football fan that supports England, I never thought I'd see what the team achieved in at the World Cup in the summer 2018 topped

14 July 2021

Readers' comments

'Freedom Day' for who exactly?: Send your news, views and criticism, in not more than 150 words, to [email protected] - or if you're not online, PO Box 1398, Enfield EN1 9GT

7 July 2021

Book: The struggle for world socialism

The Struggle for World Socialism

'The Struggle for World Socialism' by Peter Taaffe is an incisive Marxist analysis of the key events both in Britain and internationally, following on from his second volume, which concluded in 2007.


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