The French Left •
Square Leg •
On the wages front
Labour's Long Haul
The Blackpool Conference ushered in the most important constitutional
changes in the Labour Party since 1918. The election of Michael Foot as
leader of the PLP has broken the continuity of right-wing leadership.
Jon Bloomfield, author of Passive Revolution and until recently Birmingham
City Secretary of the Communist Party assesses the nature of the changes
taking place in the Labour Party — and argues that there is a long
way to go.
- on the Left's terms
Suddenly import controls are on the political agenda. Long part of the
Left's perspective, others have now joined the fray including sections
of Labour's Right and some parts of industry particularly threatened by
imports. Paul Levine, a lecturer in economics at South Bank Polytechnic,
shows why they are necessary and why they constitute an essential component
of the Left's strategy.
West German Social
the erosion of the socialist vision
Rob Burns and Wilfried van der Will
The West German SPD rebuffed the challenge from Strauss. It is indisputably
the most successful social democratic party in West Europe. But it has
steadily distanced itself from a socialist perspective. Rob Burns and
Wilfred van der Will, lecturers at the Universities of Warwick and Birmingham
respectively, analyse the character of the SPD.
Interview with Edward
Edward Bond is one of Britain's leading playwrights whose works include
Saved and The Fool.
In this interview he discusses his own development as a socialist playwright
and the role of the artist in contemporary society. The interview was
conducted by Colin Chambers, the theatre critic of the Morning Star and
author of Other Spaces: New Theatre and the RSC.
The Forward Face of Feminism
One of the authors of Beyond the Fragments discusses the article
published in October.
Michelene Wandor — Other
Spaces: New Theatre and the RSC.
John Westergaard — Labour
The Politics of the
Alternative Economic Strategy
For the first time in its history, the Left is now regarded as a
serious political alternative. At the centre of this credibility
is the alternative economic strategy. Bob Rowthorn, member of our
editorial board recently awarded the Isaac Deutscher Memorial Prize
for his book Capitalism, Conflict and Inflation, examines its strengths
and weaknesses and argues that the Left must see it as part of an
overall political approach.
Interview with Ted
Cuts in public expenditure are a central feature of the Right's
policy to deal with Britain's economic crisis. The struggle against
those cuts is a key element of the fightback. The stand taken by
the London Borough of Lambeth has been notable in this respect.
In this interview, Ted Knight, Leader of Lambeth Council, assesses
the success and problems of its stand. Jeff Rodrigues, Secretary
of Lambeth Borough Communist Party, conducted the interview.
Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe
- Where Next?
The seventies saw major innovations in revolutionary strategy. By
and large, though, these advances were political rather than theoretical.
In this article, Ernesto Laclau, author of Politics and Ideology
in Marxist Theory and Chantal Mouffe, who edited Gramsci and Marxist
Theory, look at the theoretical evolution of revolutionary strategy
and consider the next stage.
The tragic death of John Lennon has robbed us of one of the truly
great figures of postwar British culture. John Lennon, of all the
Beatles, symbolised and helped to shape the great progressive changes
of the sixties. Simon Frith, author of The Sociology of Rock and
writer for the Melody Maker, considers John Lennon's achievement.
Jill Brown, Pamela Trevithick, Carol Metters
The Forward Face
The authors continue the discussion
- a cop out
The author looks at David Edgar's article which appeared in our
Tom Litterick — The
Pat Seyd — Labour
in Power? British Social Democracy, A Short History of the Labour
TV Franchising •
Local Government Finance
• Sexual Violence
Reagan: is it as bad
as it sounds?
A right-wing Republican is now US President. American politics has
shifted to the right. David Plotke, an editor of the American journal
Socialist Review, examines the extent of this shift and the prospects
for the US and the world with Reagan in the White House.
The Politics of Technology
Technological issues are now big politics. A few examples —microprocessing,
nuclear power, Concorde, juggernauts — suffice to make the point.
Fred Steward, a lecturer in technology policy at Aston University
and member of the Communist Party's Science and Technology Committee,
looks at why technology has become such a hot political and social
question — and argues that the Left must develop a coherent
view on the direction and control of technology.
Merseyside under the
Jarrow and the South Wales mining villages both evoke memories of
the thirties depression. Merseyside threatens to become a symbol of
unemployment in the eighties. Tony Lane, at present a research officer
for the TGWU based in Liverpool and author of The Unions Make us Strong,
looks at Merseyside's plight and the growth of resistance.
Goodbye to Detente?
The co-editor of Protest and Survive and former vice-chairperson of
CND looks at the decline of detente.
Architecture: the past
A response to Richard Hill's article in our November issue.
Import Controls - on
the Left's terms
The author argues that Import Controls can play only a limited role.
Paul Levine — The
Alternative Economic Strategy.
There is an Alternative. The British
Victor Kiernan — Scottish
Alan Hunt — Pashukanis:
Selected Writings on Marxism and Law.
• Trade Union
Immunities • El
Women, Recession and
Women made important advances in the seventies. Now Thatcherism and
recession have changed all that: women are under attack. Jean Gardiner,
a member of our editorial board andco-author of The Political Economy
of British Capitalism, looks at what is happening.
Football in Decline
Football is Britain's great national winter sport. Yet it faces growing
difficulties. Dave Triesman, a writer on sport, argues that football
is in decline and only radical solutions can tackle the problem.
Italy: the intractable
Italy faces the most serious political crisis in Western Europe. Piero
Borghini, a member of the Central Committee of the Italian Communist
Party, looks at the nature of that crisis and the PCI's strategy.
Interview with Alan
Cuts in public expenditure have put the public sector unions at the
centre of attention. NUPE is one of the largest. In this interview,
Alan Fisher, General Secretary of NUPE and Chairman of the TUC, discusses
the problems facing NUPE and the trade union movement generally.
The Cambridge Affair
Suddenly, the English Faculty atCambridge University has hit the national
headlines. Francis Mulhern, author of The Moment of 'Scrutiny', discusses
the issues involved.
Labour's Long Haul
The author discusses the implications of developments in the Labour
Party for the Communist Party.
Dave Cook — Politics
and Power 2
David Parker — Ideology
and Popular Protest
The Budget •
Interview with Arthur
Since Thatcher took office the trade union movement has been on
the defensive. The recent victory by the miners marked the first
real break. It raised the spectre of 1970-74. In this interview,
Arthur Scargill, the President of the Yorkshire Miners, looks at
the significance of the Tory retreat, the problems now facing the
labour movement, and longer term strategy.
The interview was conducted by Dave Priscott, a member of the Executive
Committee of the Communist Party and our Editorial Board.
of Social Democracy
The Council for Social Democracy represents the most important 'breakaway'
from the Labour Party since 1931. Its avowed objective is a realignment
of British politics and the emergence of the 'centre' as the dominant
political force. In this article, Stuart Hall, co-author of Policing
The Crisis, looks at its nature and significance.
Japan: the Right on
The seventies saw major advances by the Japanese Left. Now the Right
is on the offensive. But the Liberal Democrats underlying position
is much weaker. In this special interview for Marxism Today, Koichiro
Ueda, vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Japanese Communist
Party, examines political developments in the world's second most
powerful capitalist country.
The Growing Police
The Police force has adopted an increasingly independent and strident
position on law and order. The latest example is the Royal Commission
on Criminal Procedure. Stephen Sedley, a barrister, looks at what
The Politics of the Alternative Economic Strategy
The author, who works for the Labour Party's Research Department,
discusses Bob Rowthorn's article in the January issue.
Goodbye to Detente?
The discussion continues.
Tamara Deutscher — Chinese
Vic Allen — Challenge
The 364 Economists
March for Jobs • Bondage
Judge Shakes Giscard
Sam Aaronovitch Unemployment
- halting the slide There are now some 2.5 million officially
unemployed. The prospect is for a further big
increase. Unemployment has become a central issue in British politics.
It will dominate the eighties. Sam Aaronovitch, author of The Road
From Thatcherism and a member of the
Communist Party Economic Committee, looks at the causes of unemployment,
how it can be
fought and what kind of policies are needed to tackle it.
Paul Olive Realignment
- the case of the Liberals The Liberal Party, although only
a small parliamentary force, has consistently retained a significant
electoral base. That base, moreover, has over the years been expanding.
Now, with the emergence of the SDP, the Liberals are in a new position.
Paul Olive, a Morning Star reporter, looks at the Liberal Party
and its likely prospects.
John Mathews The Politics
Cancer is one of the big killers. But can anything be done about
it? John Mathews, untilrecently a trade union health and safety
researcher, argues that environmental factors are the key problem.
Jamaica in Turmoil
The recent election saw the defeat of Manley and a victory for the
Right. In this interview,
Trevor Munro, general secretary of the Jamaican Workers Party, discusses
the gravity of the setback, the reasons for it and what is likely
to happen now. The interview was conducted by Ken Fuller.
John Harrison The
Politics of the Alternative Economic Strategy
The co-author of The British Economic Disaster argues that the alternative
economic strategy is too mild.
Tom Durkin Goodbye
The author takes
issue with previous contributions.
Richard Johnson - Arguments Within English Marxism: One Dimensional
Althusser and the Politics of Culture
Bernard Dix -
The Road From Thatcherism
The Growing Power of
Traditionally, the armed forces have largely been excluded from civil
life in Britain. That is
beginning to change. Tony Bunyan, author of The Political Police in
Britain and a member of the editorial group of State Research, looks
at the way the military is steadily encroaching on domestic politics
and what this means.
Steel - an irreversible
The decline of British Steel has been one of the most dramatic examples
of deindustrialisation. John Kelly, a lecturer in industrial relations
and researcher on the steel industry, looks at the causes of its decline,
the trade union response and what kind of alternative is needed.
The English Rising of
In 1381 there was an extraordinary uprising against the established
authorities. It was broad, it was far reaching and its consequences
were profound. On the 600th Anniversary of the 'Peasant's Revolt',
Rodney Hilton, Professor of History at Birmingham University, looks
at what it was and what forces lay behind it.
US Policy Toward Latin
Reagan's foreign policy is aimed at restoring American power and influence.
occupies a central position in this design. The objective is to roll
back the progressive
advances. In this interview, Saul Landau, co-author of Assassination
on Embassy Row, looks at some of the issues. The interview was conducted
by Mike Gatehouse.
Sam Russell, Ian Davison
Goodbye to Detente?
In these contributions to the discussion, the Foreign Editor of the
Morning Star and the
secretary of the Scottish CND respectively, look at some new questions.
The Politics of the
Alternative Economic Strategy
The author looks at the relationship between the alternative economic
strategy and the fight against the cuts.
Raymond Williams — George
Orwell, A Life
Andrew Chester — Memoirs
of a Socialist Business Man
Eileen Phillips — Microelectronics:
Capitalist Technology and the Working Class
The pound •
SNP • Civil
Brixton and After
Within the space of a year there have been two serious clashes between
the police and a local community. Brenda Kirsch, who is active in
Lambeth politics and was a member of the Lambeth Inquiry into Police-Community
Relations, examines the underlying causes of the Brixton disturbances
and some of its longer term implications.
Interview with Wynne
The Cambridge Economic Policy Group has an unrivalled reputation
for medium term
economic forecasting. It has been a strong critic of the Tory government's
deflationary policies and, for some time, a proponent of import
controls. In this interview, Wynne Godley, the Director of the Group,
discusses the impact of Tory policies, the prospects for the British
economy and possible alternative policies, including those of the
Left. The interview was conducted by Bob Rowthorn, a member of our
Editorial Board, and Dave Currie.
The Music Industry
The self confidence of the large record companies in the sixties
has given way to gloom and pessimism in the eighties. Dave Laing,
a writer on popular music, looks at the reasons for the decline
and what the Left's response should be.
In the month of the Royal Wedding, Graham Trickey, aMoming Star
journalist, asks what its all about.
The author argues that the Polish Communist Party is going through
a process of renewal.
The author discusses the strategy of the Italian Communist Party.
Rowan — Women
Workers in the First World War. The
Politics of Motherhood.
Mark Harrison — Stalin's
Successors: Leadership, Stability and Change in the Soviet Union.
The Soviet Union Since Stalin.
Ouanie Bain — Silver
Time Out •
Claret and Blue
Cuts • Riots
and the Police
Can the British Car
The decline of the British car industry is without parallel in Western
Europe. The one surviving British manufacturer, BL, is literally
fighting for its life. Keith Cowling, Professor of Economics at
Warwick University, examines the causes of the decline and how the
industry might be saved.
Violence Against Women:
male power in action
The Yorkshire Ripper case suddenly made violence against women a
national issue. Yet it is not a new phenomenon: it is an everyday
threat. Vicky Seddon looks at its roots and what needs to be done.
Interview with Georges
The French elections marked the most important election victory
for the Left in Western Europe since the immediate postwar period.
In this interview, Georges Seguy, general secretary of the CGT,
France's largest trade union centre, discusses the problems and
Is the Marxist Tradition
The question of democracy is central to political advance in Western
Europe. But is the Marxist tradition adequate to the task?
The Politics of Cancer
The author argues that cancer has many causes — and therefore
a many-sided strategy is called for.
Peter Higgins — What
Unemployment Means. The Workless State.
Mike Potter — Towards
Socialist Welfare Work.
The Tory Attack on
West German Peace
Keith Dixon and Daniel Perraud
France Moves Left
The Left has finally ended over two decades of uninterrupted government
by the FrenchRight. The recent elections could prove to be the most
important for the European Left since 1945. The authors, both members
of the French Communist Party, analyse the reasons for the
Left victory, why the Communist Party fared badly, and likely prospects.
Defence: the Tory
The Thatcher government promised major improvements in Britain's
defence capacity. In the event, they have presided over a series
of not insignificant cuts. The author, a lecturer in economics
at Warwick University, looks at the Tory dilemma.
The present exhibition at the Hayward Gallery is a reminder of Picasso's
unchallenged position as the greatest artist of the twentieth century.
Simon Watney, author of English Post-Impressionism, looks at Picasso's
Trade Unions and the
The new climate of mass unemployment and Thatcherism has put the
trade unions on the defensive. David Winchester, lecturer in industrial
relations at Warwick University, looks at the present state of the
trade union movement and how it is responding.
Ray Chatwin Brixton
An examination of police-black relations.
The Music Industry
The author looks at independent labels.
John Allen —
Britain's Black Population
— Labour and Racism.
— Essays on
Rise of US Dollar
POLAND: COOPERATION OR CONFRONTATION?
Interview with Mieczyslaw
Over the last year Poland has captured the world's headlines. The
formation of Solidarity
created a situation unique in Eastern Europe. The country continues
to lurch from one crisis to the next. Mieczyslaw Rakowski is Deputy
Premier and the government's chief negotiator with Solidarity. In
this interview he discusses relations with Solidarity and Poland's
prospects for the future.
Interview with Lech
The leader of Solidarity discusses its role and relationship to
the state. Both interviews were conducted exclusively for Marxism
Today in September by Monty Johnstone.
The Riots of '81
This summer's riots have had a traumatic impact on the whole country.
And their longer term consequences remain very unclear. The article
examines some of the issues involved.
The Riots in History
The author of The Crowd in History looks at some historical precedents
for the recent riots.
Jean Gardiner and Sheila Smith
Feminism and the Alternative
The alternative economic strategy has not only won the support of
much of the labour
movement but also gained wider recognition. It remains, however,
at a rather general level.
Here Jean Gardiner, co-author of The Political Economy of British
Capitalism, and SheilaSmith, discuss what it should offer women.
Can Labour Succeed?
The Labour Left has, over the past two years, made impressive advances.
Yet the Right
remains a powerful force, and there are signs of a major electoral
crisis facing Labour. Dave Priscott, a member of the Editorial Board,
looks at some of the questions.
The BBC Under Pressure
— Jonathan Coe
— Chris Lightbown
The Odeon Closures
— John Ellis
Cynthia Cockburn — Slump
J Foster— Karl
Marx's Theory of History: A
European Peace Movement
• Private Rented
Housing • Polish
Economic Crisis • Cancun
—Third World Last?
Coming in from the
A roundtable discussion with Tony Benn, Pete Carter and Jack Dromey
The People's March for Jobs was an extraordinary success. Here Tony
Benn discusses with two of its national coordinators why it was
so successful and what lessons the labour movement should draw from
Mother Wales, get
off me back ?
The image of Wales as a militant socialist country lives on. Gwyn
Williams, Professor of History at University College Cardiff, argues
this is now quite false: Wales is very different from what it was.
Santa in Crisis
Even Santa Claus has hit hard times.
Greece in the hour
Greece has shifted dramatically to the left. But George Catephores,
a Greek economist living in Britain, argues that its most likely
consequence will be to transform Greece into a modern European country.
Interviews with the UDA and the Provisional IRA
Northern Ireland remains in a state of permanent crisis. Andy Tyrie
and John McMichael from the UDA and Danny Morrison from the Provisional
IRA, in exclusive interviews with Bob Rowthorn, discuss relations
between the two communities and the prospects for a settlement.
Revisited —Rodney Mace
The Indian Tour
— Mihir Bose
Michael Bleaney — The
Political Economy of British Capitalism
Theo Nichols — Architect
or Bee? Living Thinkwork
The Past Strikes
Britain's postwar decline is, by any standards, remarkable.
The result has been growing political volatility. Bob Rowthorn,
a member of our Editorial Board, discusses the causes o the
process and what the SDP/Liberal Alliance might mean.
Monty Johnstone and Andreas Westphal
The Polish Crisis:
is there a way out ?
For 18 months, Poland has been in a state of deep crisis.
The authors examine its causes and possible scenarios. See
also p5 for latest developments.
The BL workforce has suffered one defeat after another. Jack
Adams, convenor at BL Longbridge, argues that now, with the
latest wage dispute, there has been a big change in the atmosphere.
Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party is on the offensive. Henry
Patterson, author of Class Conflict and Sectarianism looks
at the changes in Protestant politics.
— Anton Phillips
— Stuart Hood
Karpov v. Korchnoi
— Graham Taylor
Can Labour Succeed?
The author argues that Labour must be transformed into a socialist
Marian Sling — Socialism
and Democracy in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1948
in the Prisons
The two-party system is under greater threat than at anytime
since 1945. Chris Husbands, a lecturer in sociology at the
London School of Economics, traces the growth in political
culminating in the present challenge from the SDP/Liberal
On December 13 a 'state of war' was declared in Poland. Monty
Johnstone assesses the significance of the military takeover
and its implications.
The Miners on
The miners have been the scourge of British governments for
over a decade. Now, in Arthur Scargill, they have a militant
president. Vic Allen, author of The Militancy of British Miners,
examines the radicalisation of the miners.
the Socialist Economies
A roundtable discussion with Wlodzimierz Brus, Julian Cooper,
Michael Ellman and Mario Nuti.
The prospects for the capitalist world in the eighties look
bleak. But the economic outlook for the socialist countries
is not much better.
The Law Lords
and the GLC
The Law Lords have stunned the Left. Here John Griffith, author
of The Politics of the Judiciary, examines the reasoning of
the Law Lords and some of its implications.
Day — Cath Jackson
Popular Theatre ? — John McGrath
Tamara Deutscher —
Solidarity: Poland's Independent Trade Union -- Poland: The
State of the Republic
Vicky Seddon — Subject
Andrew Gamble - The
Rise and Rise of the SDP The SDP/Liberal Alliance has
already changed the shape of British politics. What is not
so clear is what the SDP actually is and where it is going.
Andrew Gamble, author of Britain in Decline, examines the
Mick Kelly and Jean Palutikof - Facing
up to the Weather We have just experienced one of Britain's
worst ever winters. But, more seriously, fundamental changes
may be taking place in our climate.
Beatrix Campbell - Women:
not what they bargained for The equal pay movement has
ground to a halt. The differentials between men and women
won't budge. Beatrix Campbell, co-author of Sweet Freedom,
argues that the only way forward now is by tackling the
basic roots of women's inequality.
Ron Smith - Defence
Whatever the government, the prospects for Trident look
rather unlikely. But, can the Left turn any future cancellation
to wider advantage, asks Ron Smith, co-author of The Political
Economy of British Capitalism.
Mario Nuti - Poland's
Poland's economic crisis is, arguably, the worst in Europe.
Mario Nuti, Director of the
Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University
of Birmingham, looks at the problems facing the military
and Italian Cinema — Margaret Tarratt
Farewell — Peter Smith
the Media — Justin Wren-Lewis and Alan Clarke
Dafydd Elis Thomas - Mother
Wales get off me Back? The
author, a Plaid Cymru MP, looks at the prospects for the
Left in Wales
Alan Walker — Labour
Stephen Sedley —
Striking a Balance.
Gaby Charing — Women
Bristol City Eight • Yamal
Gas Pipeline • Change
on the Ultra-Right
Interview with John Alderson
Last summer's riots have made policing a major political issue.
Here John Alderson, the radically minded Chief Constable of
Devon and Cornwall, discusses the role of the police.
Recipe for Defeat
The Labour Left have made extraordinary advances in the Labour
Party. But is that
progress now threatened by the Left's political weaknesses?
Robert M Young
The Darwin Debate
The recent Arkansas case renewed the century-old debate on
Darwin's theory of evolution. The creationists lost, but the
left should not be drawn into blanket support for the scientific
A Tory Dream Come True?
The Tories have taken another lunge at the unions. If successful,
the consequences for trade unionism
drastic. The stakes are, indeed, high.
The Irish Election
The result of the recent Irish election was another cliff-hanger.
The author looks at the background to the present stalemate
in Irish politics.
Channel Five 32
— Mary Harron
Fashion — Caroline Holder
The Stuff that
Dreams are made of— Kevin Gough-Yates
Geoff Bell Paisley
and Protestant Politics
The author looks at the position of the Protestants
Ralph Miliband — The
Forward March of Labour Halted?
John Fantham — Triumph
of the People. Nicaragua: the Sandinista Revolution
Tess Woodcraft — Girls,
Wives, Factory Lives. Women, where are your jobs going?
African National Party • When
is a Trespass not a Trespass
Tony Benn - Democracy
and Marxism: A Mutual Challenge Marxism has changed the
world. Here Tony Benn, in the full text of the Marx Memorial
Lecture, printed exclusively in Marxism Today, argues that
British democracy needs Marxism and Marxism needs democracy.
Keith Dixon and Daniel Perraud - The
French Experiment The Mitterand government is one year
old. It is already the boldest Left experiment in Western
Europe since the war. But what is it - and will it last?
Michael Pentz -
Opportunity or Opportunism? Both Reagan and Brezhnev have
recently come up with new disarmament initiatives. But do
they offer the peace movement anything?
Bob Rowthorn - Britain
and Western Europe The Left has been strongly anti-EEC.
Yet Britain's integration with Western Europe is an irreversible
and growing reality. How should the Left respond to this process?
Frankie Rickford - The
Public transport has become a major political issue. But the
plight of those most dependent on it remains neglected.
Sisters - Cathy Itzin
- Mandy Rose
Charles Clarke and David Griffiths Recipe
for Defeat Labour needs to become a popular, campaigning
David Edgar - Every
Elizabeth Wilson - Sex,
Politics and Society
Chantal Mouffe - The
Long March of the French Left
Peace Movement Information
From El Salvador to the Falklands:
A strategy in disarray
the moment of taking office, Reagan was determined to roll
back progressive change in Latin America. The events of 1982,
from El Salvador to the Falklands, suggest that strategy is
now in disarray.
'Parliamentary democracy' has moved to the centre of political
debate. But parliamentary democracy has many meanings —
and it is not what it seems. Yet this is no reason for the
to be complacent.
Interview with Herbert McCabe OP
The Polish Pope
and the Catholic Church
John Paul II has introduced a very new style of papacy. Meanwhile,
the Catholic Church in Britain has been going through some
Blocs: Europe's third road to peace
The new cold war has given rise to a European-wide peace movement.
Unlike previously, it has a distinctively European perspective.
Lee Bridges and Paul Gilroy
The recent use by the Metropolitan Police of race in crime
statistics must be seen in a wider political context.
— Richard Dyer
— Dave Berry
— Charles Ashleigh
A Tory dream come true
What is it, and how can it be defeated?
Steve Gooch — A
Good Night Out
Grazia Ietto Gillies — The
New International Division of Labour
Adman and Eve
- Arms Trade
- The Politics
Robert Gray - The
Thatcher has exploited the Falklands issue to the full. And
the Left has found itself on the defensive and divided.
Tom Nairn - Britain's
Living Legacy The Falklands crisis has proved an extraordinary
and unpredictable episode. It
is a reminder of the power of Britain's
Miguel del Campo -
Malvinas Crisis: What Next in Argentina? The Argentinian
invasion of the Malvinas has unleashed unpredictable forces
in Argentina itself. Can the junta survive?
John Harrison - Thatcherism:
is it working? The Treasury is now claiming that the economy
has turned the corner. Thatcherism is beginning to work —
or is it?
Melvyn Bragg - Writers
The hero of war has historically been the hero of the novel.
From the First World War, that tradition began to change.
But the change is far from complete.
John Mcllroy - Anatomy
of a Redundancy Struggle The fight to defend jobs at
the Laurence Scott factory in Manchester became national news.
It lasted many months and won wide support, but in the end
it was defeated. What can we learn?
The World Cup
— Stan Levenson
— Peter Dormer
in Europe — Ian Christie
all the books gone? — John Vincent
Britain and Western Europe
The case for withdrawal from the EEC is as strong as ever.
Fran Bennett — Sweet
Freedom: the Struggle for Women's Liberation
Michael Barratt Brown — Britain
Nicholas Blake — Conspiracy:
Law, Class and Society
• SDP Leadership
Pamela A Smith
and The Lebanon
Israel has inflicted a serious military defeat on the PLO. But
the Palestinian problem will not go away.
Work and Useless Toil
Millions of jobs are boring and unrewarding. But do they have
of the Militant Tendency
The Labour Right wants to exclude the Militant Tendency from
the Labour Party. But what is Militant and what does it stand
Gwyn A Williams
Wales is not what it used to be and the Welsh Left has still
It is in the classical tradition of carnivals — a festival
and an expression of resistance.
and Pop - Claire Pollak
- Gareth Miles
John Lea and Jock Young
Race and Crime
We should resist a romantic view of black crime.
Chris Middleton - Of
Marriage and the Market
Donald Sassoon -
Democrats' New Dawn • Hard
Luck, Hard Rock
Caught on an Ebb Tide
The trade union movement is in difficulties — and it's
not just because of Thatcherism
Sport and South
The sporting boycott of South Africa will not bring apartheid
down, but it matters in more ways than is usually recognised.
USSR After Brezhnev
The ascendancy of Lenin, Stalin, Khruschov and Brezhnev have
marked distinctive phases in Soviet history. How should we
view the Brezhnev era and what is likely to succeed it?
Why We Need
a Social Strategy
The welfare state has proved strikingly vulnerable to the
Thatcherite offensive. There is no simple going back —
so where do we go?
the Third World
The alternative to arms supplies from the advanced countries
is not indigenous arms manufacture.
Ngugi wa Thiong'o -
and the Navy: The Last Night of the Proms — Malcolm
Barry and Olivia Harris
of the Estate — Robin Evans
The EEC is not the answer.
Alan Hunt — Law
and Order: Arguments for Socialism
Rosalind Brunt — The
Culture Gap. Popular Culture: Past and Present
Strategy • Assembly
Elections in Northern Ireland • The
and the Foreign Office
The State of
the Left in Western Europe
The Right is weaker than a decade ago and the Left has made
advances. But thepicture
is uneven and insecure.
Is the Church
of England Really Moving to the Left?
The Falklands service, the national anthem, disarmament: the
Right is accusing the Church of England of going to the left.
What is actually happening?
Andre Gunder Frank
Alliance in Disarray
The alliance between the United States and the Western Europe
has been the centrepiece of Western politics since the war.
Now it is racked by feuding and tension.
— a headache for the Left?
The NHS is under attack from the Tories. But the problems
of health care are also long term and deep seated.
What kind of Labour Party is emerging from the post-1979 internal
Reputation — Nick Rowling
Gregor McLennan — Main
Currents of Marxism. Is There a Future for Marxism? A
Contemporary Critique of Historical Materialsm.
Bill Schwarz — Missing.
Assassination on Embassy Row.
Crash of '83?
Relations • Payment
Interview with Rodney Bickerstaffe
The health workers' dispute has emerged as one of the most
potent challenges to the Thatcher government's economic policies.
The Tories have won the war: but what are they going to do
with the spoils?
A Long Haul
The labour movement has been on the defensive since 1979 and
the causes are long term and profound.
'God Save the Queen', the Union Jack; how does the Left relate
to Britain as a nation? It isn't easy — but a way must
The Great Training
The Tories are transforming the face of training. And we haven't
got much to say about it.
Dave Priscott, Pete Carter, Andrew Clarke The
Unions: Caught on the Ebb Tide.
Tony Lane's article in the September issue has caused considerable
Here are three responses.
the Flagship -
A Train Stopped in Moscow -
Jack Jones — Engineers
at War 1939-45
Lionel Cliffe — The
John Hoffman — Communism
and Philosophy: Marxism and the Methodologies of History
and Office Work • Steel
— protect and survive
Anne Showstack Sassoon
Dual Role: women
and Britain's crisis 6
Most women now work. But society still operates as if they don't.
The result is a largely unseen but nonetheless profound social
The End of a Dream?
Martial law in Poland is one year old. Its purpose was to destroy
the independent workers' movement. Solidarity is certainly bowed
— but is it defeated?
A round table discussion with Sam Aaronovitch, Stuart Hall and
By postwar standards, the last 4 years have seen dramatic political
changes. 1983 will almost certainly see a general election.
So where do we stand now: how strong is Thatcherism, is the
mould broken, can labour revive?
The Cable Trip-Wire
Cable television is almost upon us. And the Inquiry into Cable
Expansion seems to have given the green light.
In the long boom, the West Midlands was the symbol of prosperity.
Today nowhere more dramatically describes the process of deindustrialisation
The Man Who Came
to Christmas Dinner Leon Broome and John Bull
The Unions: Caught
on the Ebb Tide
The problem is the decline of political consciousness
of the Labour Party
the Cold War. Disarming Europe
Poland: A Crisis
The last decade has seen big changes in South Africa:
economic crisis, widening black resistance and significant
changes in Afrikaner strategy. What will be the outcome?
The Falklands war was not really about the Falklands
at all, it was about domestic politics. And it gave
a new and ominous portent of what might happen after
The accepted wisdom is that Thatcherism is forcing womenback
into home. But it's not quite like that.
to the Provinces!
Labour has traditionally been antagonistic, or at best
lukewarm, towards decentralisation —be it devolution
or regional government. Now the SDP is making the running
on regionalism, and the Left can't afford to be left
takes over in Japan
Nakesone has just been elected as the new premier, marking
shift to the right in Japanese politics.
Design — Interview with Dan Connor
Of Resistance — Mary Ellison
Caught on the Ebb Tide
The last contribution to our discussion.
Chris Pond — Images
of Welfare — The Politics of Poverty — Poverty
Sarah Lefanu — A
Chain of Voices
Jenny Warren — Threat
from the East?
Jeddah • South
Korea's miracle stumbles • Changes
at the top • French
A New Force
in the Land
A roundtable discussion with Sally Davison, Helen John
and Joan Ruddock
The Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp has captured the
imagination of the country. It represents a new kind of
politics. But what can — and can't — it do?
a political liability
In 1979, a major reason for the Tory victory was the promise
to cut income tax. It hasn't happened. But taxation remains
a key problem which the Left has neglected.
Dave Cook and Peter Hain
representation: threat or opportunity?
The emergence of the Alliance has put proportional representation
much higher on the political agenda. The Left remains
very divided on its own attitude. Here we present two
The Tory government is committed to a massive programme
of nuclear power stations. Sizewell 'B' would be the first
of many. But all the signs are that this is going to become
— for the first time — a major political issue.
of the NHS Dispute
The author looks at the recent health workers struggle.
— Peter Ball
Channel 4 — Brian McNair
of Silence — Sarah Lefanu
of the Slopes — Maria Loftus
Hilary Land — The
Martin Weegman — Feminine
Sexuality — Feminism and Psychoanalysis
Grahame Thompson — The
Lucas Plan — The Unequal Struggle?
shuffle • The
sinking pound • The
100 Not Out
A roundtable discussion with Eric Hobsbawm, Ralph Miliband,
Bob Rowthorn and Anne Sassoon.
This month is the centenary of Marx's death. His influence
has been enormous. How do his ideas look today and what
are the prospects for the future?
The late 70s saw the heyday of political pop. Since then
it has waned, but pop continues to express the concerns
and pleasures of the youth generation.
The assault on the unions remains central to Tory strategy.
But the latest Green Paper marks a shift in the nature
of that offensive.
What Does Marx Mean to You?
Marx's impact on Britain and the world is extraordinary.
We asked people from a wide variety of different spheres
and views what he means to them.
A big majority of the British people regard unemployment
as the biggest issue facing the nation. But it hasn't
— as yet — produced a shift against the Tories.
with Alan Ayckbourn
television — Gillian Skirrow
the Centenary — Richard Dyer
The honourable record of the Left
Anne Sassoon — Marx:
A Hundred Years On
Anthony Dorrell — Shostakovich:
the man and his music
in Turmoil • Media
and New Technology • Austerity
in France • The
The oil price has been cut. And Opec is now on the defensive
Poverty has become the forgotten issue of British politics.
That is now beginning
to change. But the labour movement still doesn't take
the axis shifts
There is no sign of a New International Economic order.
So the South is now
pressing for more pragmatic measures.
State: The Second Front Opens
So far it's been mainly words and not much action. But
the recent leaks suggest the Tories, given another chance,
will go for bust.
and the Green
West German politics has shifted right, with implications
for the rest of Europe.
with Buchi Emecheta
and Pop — Paul Morley
Walton — Malcolm Barry
John Fisher— Farewell
to the Working Class: Socialism and Survival
Jitendra Mohan — Dynamics
of Global Crisis: Crisis in the Third World: The Third
World in Global Development
Foreign Policy • The
Trident Factor • Drought
with Neil Kinnock
Over the last four years, Labour has been trying to
come to terms with both Thatcherism and its own longer-term
decline. In this interview, Neil Kinnock, one of the
major figures on the Labour Left, explores these issues
and post-election prospects.
Dave Triesman - They're
Off . . .
The flat racing season is well underway, the Derby is
about to happen. Horse racing exercises an enormous
influence on rich and poor alike.
John Grahl - The
Keynes has had a greater impact on British politics
this century than any other thinker. For many years,
he was almost sacrosanct. Now he is derided by the radical
Right. The Left still can't make up its mind.
Dave Morris - Unemployment
The trade union movement is in difficulties —
and, at root, the problem is unemployment.
David Arnold - The
Man behind the Film
Gandhi remains one of the great figures of the twentieth
century. But his long run legacy for India is an ambiguous
with Alexei Sayle
Bond in the 80s — Tony Bennett
Market Feminism — Margaret Tarratt
Andrew Gamble — Thatcher's
Britain: Britain Can Work: After the New
Right: The Salisbury Review
Veronica Beechey — Brothers
on the rocks • Indonesia
Andrew Gamble Thatcher:
The Second Coming
The Thatcherite revolution has consolidated its hold
on British society, leaving
the left in apparent disarray.
Doreen Massey The
Contours of Victory
The Tory victory reveals new patterns of political allegiances
accepted wisdom about party loyalty.
Vicky Seddon Keeping
Women in their Place
Sexual harassment is an added and unpleasant burden
women. But recent research suggests that it plays a
significant role in emphasising sexual divisions at
Brian Wood Impasse
A flurry of recent diplomatic activity has failed to
dislodge apartheid's grip on Namibia. What are the prospects
now for liberation?
4: The First Nine Months
Interview with Jeremy Isaacs
Stuart Hood talks to the chief executive of the controversial
experiment in broadcasting
by Design — Adrian Forty
British Novelists — Anita Phillips
Summers — Iain Chambers and Lidia Curti
Malcolm Rutherford — The
Politics of Thatcherism
Esmee Barnsby — Feminism,
Culture and Politics
Jerusalem? • The
Japanese elections • Depo
Revolution in Reverse
The overthrow of the Shah was one of the great popular
revolutions of this century. But the Islamic regime
that replaced it has been highly ambiguous. Now it has
turned on the Left. Here we interview A Sadeg,
a representative of the Tudeh Party.
Stan Parker The
British on Holiday
Foreign holidays are on the increase, but hoiday-making
in Britain still predominates.
Paul Hirst Hanging
— the End of the Rope The pro-hanging lobby
has been defeated, but this issue is unlikely to go
Christian Democracy's crumbling edifice
The recent Italian elections resulted in a stunning
defeat for Christian Democracy and new possibilities
for the Italian communists.
pollsters or opinion formers?
A roundtable discussion with James Curran, Peter Kellner
and Bob Worcester.
The general election saw a positive epidemic of opinion
polls. They also
remain controversial. We explore some of the issues.
Travelling — Stephen Hayward
and Political Theatre — an interview with
International Association — Lynda Morris
John Saville, The
The mixed blessing of 1945
Julian Cooper — The
Economics of Feasible Socialism
Dennis Ogden — Andropov
in the ocean? • Squeezing
the poor • Chile's
Bob Rowthorn • Think
positive — rethink Labour
Labour suffered a historic defeat in the general election.
Worse could follow. Now is the time for some serious
Ray Forrest • Home
The Thatcher years have seen major changes in housing.
Council housing is on the retreat and owner-occupation
is increasingly important.
the block votes?
A roundtable discussion
The Tories want to loosen, possibly break, the ties
between Labour and the unions. At the election, a minority
of trade unionists voted Labour. In this roundtable,
unionists discuss the problems and how to tackle them.
James Donald • Class
The Left must regain the initiative on education. But
to do so, it needs to reassess its arguments.
Ian Davison • Will
protest survive? CND after the election
As cruise gets closer, CND becomes more important. But
the election didn't help.
with Salman Rushdie
Robeson: Militant Humanism — Richard Dyer
American Cinema — Michael Chanan
Eileen Phillips — Arguments
for Socialism series
Brian Bolton — Why
are the British bad at manufacturing? — Japan
in the passing lane.
Prevention • Polish
economic reform • Equal
Labour was trounced in June. It could be marginalised
over the next decade — or sooner. So what do we
do about it?
is Dead? Long Live Feminism
The Tories have a far more subtle position on women
than is generallynrecognised. They have been forced
to acknowledge the strength of feminism. So why is the
Left retreating from it?
with David Yip, the Chinese
David Yip, the star of The Chinese Detective, looks
at the series and the
problems confronting the ethnic minorities on the screen
and in society.
The Left has underestimated the strength and threat
of Thatcherism. The experience of the 30s serves as
both a warning and a guide.
Pleasure — the Communications Revolution
Peter Golding and Graham Murdock
A revolution is being wrought in the communications
industries, yet the Left is hardly aware of its existence,
let alone what to do about it.
with Keith Waterhouse
Theatre — David Edgar
Football — David Berry and Steve Pinder
No Go Music — Chris Bohn
Saville — The Cambridge Economic History of
Civilisation and Capitalism
Rustin — What is to be Done about the Family?
that kills • Racism
in France • Nigeria
comes of age
America: the Eagle Hovers • Jenny Pearce
The US strategy isn't working. So Reagan, bit by bit,
is escalating the situation. Where will it end?
The Alliance came out of the election as victor and loser.
Now it faces difficult options — and new tensions.
the Wheels •
Engineering and technology is a man's world. The era of
'equal opportunities' has made virtually no difference.
There's got to be some explanation.
with George Melly
A tour of the 60s, Thatcherism, jazz and surrealism with
one of jazz's best-known personalities.
and Winding Road •
A roundtable discussion
The Communist Party, like the rest of
the Left, is not without its problems. Four leading Communists
discuss how they see things.
Interview with Peter Preston, Guardian editor
— Thomas O'Malley
Englanders — Marek Kahn
The Fringe — Paul Allen
Karl Dallas — Victor:
an unfinished song
Alan Macdougall — Inside
the Inner City
Michael Meacher and Robin Cook respond to Eric Hobsbawm's
'Labour's Lost Millions'.
image • Trouble
at the poly • Hongkong:
crisis? what crisis?
The US invades Grenada. It's all too familiar. But things
The third world is now at the centre of the cold war.
Grenada's revolution was young, but it had done a lot.
Keith Dixon and Daniel Perraud
The French Right is on the offensive — and making
capital gains: The GLC experience
The Labour GLC has pioneered a new kind of municipal
Revolution turns sour
The Iranian revolution has gone badly wrong. The Left
has been suppressed and the Tudeh Party forced underground.
credibility — Rosalind Brunt
Birthday, WEA — Trevor Blackwell
Christmas Wines — Edmund Penning-Rowsell
We asked a variety of people which book they most enjoyed
reading in 1983.
Eric Heffer continues the discussion on Eric Hobsbawm's
'Labour's Lost Millions'.
in the southern Sudan • The
housing benefit bungle • Back
the Middle East battleground •
The Lebanon has been torn apart by internal and
external strife. But now the situation has been
internationalised in a quite new way.
Eighty-Four in 1984 •
1984 has finally arrived. How has the novel stood
the test of time?
Postwar Britain has witnessed enormous cultural
changes. But the Left has remained at best indifferent,
at worst hostile.
Imagine Thatcherism triumphs at the next election—and
again and again.
Just what will Britain be like on the eve of the
Age of Unemployment
Unemployment is the issue which most concerns
the British people. But not much is happening.
with Melvyn Bragg
Genius of Venice — Tony del Renzio
The Unhipness of Eolk — Karl Dallas
Cox — Soviet Policy under Brezhnev and
Andropov: The Making of the Second Cold War: Cold
War or Detente?
Nick Kimberley — The Sound of the City:
Bert Munro and Des Walshe, and Anna Coote discuss
— a chip off the old block? •
funds • Your
shekel or your wallet
in the Gender Trap
One of the great social changes of the postwar
period has been the transformation in the position
of women. It is also one which the labour movement
has failed to keep abreast with.
New (Liberal) Left
British politics ain't what it once was. Party
labels are no longer quite so self-defining. The
emergence of a Left in the Liberal Party is a
case in point.
Once the MSC was about job-creation. Now it —
and the YTS — are much more about cultural
An Experiment in Crisis
The Yugoslavs have developed a very individual
style of socialism.
But they now face major economic problems, and
their democratic processes are being severely
Unions: Is there life after Warrington?
John Mcllroy and John Lloyd
There's no doubt about it. The NGA dispute at
Warrington was one of the most important in recent
years. But what conclusions should we draw?
Panto — Richard Dyer
from Three Continents — Roy Armes
— Christine Geraughty
The Trouble with Poetry — Michele Roberts
Andrew Gamble— The
Thatcher government: Thatcher and friends
Fred Halliday — Class
Struggle is the Name of the Game
Cook and Roger Poole discuss 'Labour's Lost Millions'.
Africa's dilemma • Drugs
and xenophobia • Monetarism
in retreat • Spanish
Rump or Rebirth
Labour can recover. But only if it respects its
Law: A New Tsar is Born?
The judges have been quietly but inexorably redrawing
the boundaries between the judiciary and the executive
at the latter's expense.
in Search of their Members
Left policies and leaders shouldn't be confused
with the views of the trade union membership. OK.
But how do you win the membership
Interview with Jonathon Porritt
Green issues are becoming more central. But the
relationship between the Left and green politics
remains at best distant, at worst non-existent.
William Morris was not just an important Victorian
figure, he has something to offer us today.
Rising Star — Anthony Arblaster
Dimensions — Michael Cross
Classical Music — Malcolm Barry
Cockburn — Women in Control
Davis — The Left and the Erotic: Sex and
Matthews — In The Tracks of Historical
Kathy Myers and Ann Sedley discuss feminism in 1984.
— keeping it in the family • Andropov's
455 days • Training
for jobs • Italian
the Town Halls: a Rate-Cap Revolution
The Conservative government, in its efforts to
reduce local authorityexpenditure, is now challenging
the very principle of local government.
Egypt is beginning to stir again. But it is more
likely to be a mild version of Sadat than a return
the Other Half Lives
Labour's crisis isn't mainly about policies, it's
about its relationship with the people.
Lines: Communists in Search of an Identity
The Communist Party may be small, but its present
disputes affect the whole of the Left.
Frank Gaffikin and Andrew Nickson
The jobs crisis in the West Midlands is a product
of global restructuring as much as the domestic
Manilow: opium of die missus — Barney
changing face —
Switchboard 10 years on —
China Watching —
McLennan — Class Power and State Power
Peck — What is Proportional Representation?
Ireland Forum •
CPSU and Spanish communists • Racism
Buy or Not to Buy: is that the question?
David Griffiths and Chris Holmes
The Left has lost out badly on housing. It's time
for a rethink.
Liberties- Interview w i th Larry Gostin
Thatcherism Mark II is engendering a growing concern
with civil liberties. But how do you defend civil
liberties — and which ones?
out the Unions
Doreen Massey and Nicholas Miles
Once union membership was concentrated in a few
areas. Now it is more and more widely dispersed.
With far-reaching implications.
Employment: Slogan or Strategy?
Unemployment is widely perceived to be Britain's
most important problem. But the Left has so far
lost the ideological argument. Perhaps it's time
to look again at what we are actually offering.
Working class has never automatically meant Labour,
let alone socialist.
Dance — Chris Savage-King
Communication — Joel Cayford
Pre-Raphaelites — Deborah Cherry
in Crisis — Martin Pawley
Matthews — 1939: The Communist Party
and the War
Kimble — Sex and Destiny: the politics
of human fertility
Pettifor — Women and the Labour Party
Bellamy — Trends in the Communist Party
of Lords • Video
Nasties • South
American Slump •
Lady's Not for Turning: Thatcherism
After the election, it began to look as if Thatcherism
might have lost its way. Now it doesn't. But what
will happen is an open question.
The Iran-Iraq war is three and a half years old.
Once it seemed that Iran might win, now it looks
like continuing stalemate.
The dominant socialist tradition in Britain is
based on a highly centralised idea of socialism.
It won't work — and we won't get there.
We need a more decentralised concept.
Morals and Majorities
Interview with Gloria Steinem
Women have made enormous gains in the US over
the last two decades, but they are now under assault.
Britain: the Future of Coal
The present dispute is not about a handful of
uneconomic jobs, it's about the whole future of
the coal industry.
Romanesque Art 1066-1200 — Rodney Hilton
Garden Festival — Bob Dent
— Paul Mathur
Crime Movies — David Nicholls
Lefanu — Feminist Publishing
Kanter — Female Desire/Desire
Butalia —Javady Alley / Woman at Point
Zero/ The Republic of Cousins
Dave Richards — Communists
in search of an identity
Nigel Stanley — Communist
Party — where next?
Tess Woodcraft — How
the other half lives
Adam Sharpies— Unemployment:
Slogan or Strategy
by any other name • Science
parks • Laurels
and hardy poets • The
Changing Face of Royalty •
While so much in British society has been subject
to question in the last decade, the Royal Family
seems to have emerged unscathed. If anything its
popularity has grown. Why is it so popular?
Architect of Eurocommunism •
Over one million people attended his funeral.
In retrospect, he looks like one of the great
figures of postwar Europe.
Dave Child and Mick Paddon
Sheffield has been Labour's greatest English stronghold,
a city dominated by engineering and steel. Suddenly
the latter is no more; the occupational structure
has been transformed. Where will it lead?
Greening of Britain
Socialists have traditionally emphasised growth.
Now it must be tempered by conservation.
Women at the Face
a roundtable discussion
A unique feature of the miners strike has been
the involvement of women in the coalfield.
the Arts — Interview with Joan Bakewell
Games - Tom Conlon
Royal Shakespeare Company—Paul Allen
Gareth Stedman Jones—Towards
2000/Wigan Pier Revisited
Anthony Barnett — Ernest
Bevin Foreign Secretary/Labour in Power 1945-51
/The Labour Governments 1945-51
Young — Thatcherism Mark III
Ross — Thatcherism Mark III
Davies — Crossed Lines
Blunkett — How the Other Half Lives
black sections • Social
security- reviews and reforms • Poles
together • Ethical
to the finish-A roundtable discussion
The miners' strike is right at the centre of the
political stage. Its outcome will determine much.
But already this is a strike which will go down
in the history books.
Tale of Two Germanies • Jonathan Steele
Suddenly, relations between the two Germanies
has become an issue of some controversy.
School Rules • Brian Simon
The Tories have failed to halt the spread of comprehensivisation.
They are now seeking a major extension of centralised
control over education. That's partly what lies
behind the new exam reforms.
Dust to Dust-the World's Expanding Deserts
Reports of drought and famine in Africa have become
our television screens. Yet something can be done
Over the last decade, the US has created many
more jobs than West Europe. This is one of the
reasons why the 'American model' has become fashionable
amongst economic commentators. But this is only
the Future — Interview with Richard
Dancing — Chris Savage-King
and Order — Brenda Kirsch
from History — Alok Ray
Tom Baistow — Mirror's
Steve Munby — Municipal
of Reaganism • Street
The bingo war • Policing
Face of Labour's Future
Eric Hobsbawm interviews Neil Kinnock
Labour has staged a major recovery in the opinion
polls since the general election. Its long term
revival, however, depends on what it has to offer
Food has long been considered a private matter.
But gradually diet is coming to be recognised for
what it is, a major determinant of the nation's
health and well-being.
of the Century
BT shares are now jostling with soap powder on the
nation's TV commercials. This is the sale to end
all (privatisation) sales. And by the end of it
the Tories will have gone a long way, indeed, down
the privatisation road.
Interview with the Bishopof Durham, David Jenkins
Conflict in the Church of England has become a regular
topic of news. The Church is in a state of flux.
It could hardly be more different from the Falklands.
And the deal currently being stitched together is
likely to fall apart, sooner or later.
Actors should be Working Class —
Interview with Tony Booth and Pat Phoenix
— Tessa Perkins
Running Boom—Mark Ferryman
and Choice — Jan Mellor
Voice in the Wilderness — Pamela A Smith
Barry Hugill — Breaking
Marc Wadsworth and Iqbal Wahhab — Black
bullet bites back • No
strike, no say • The
Vatican and Liberation Theology • Health
Unhappy Marriage? The Labour-Union Link -
There was talk of going for contracting-in. Instead
the Tories have plumped for something far more
ambitious — severing the links between individual
unions and the Labour Party. There is an awful
lot at stake here.
It looks like Reagan again. But why has he been
so successful? From a European vantage point,
it doesn't seem so obvious.
the Corridors of Power
All is not well in Whitehall. The Tisdall and
Ponting cases are expressions of a deeper unease.
It's about Thatcherism's attempt to reshape the
State — Socialism's Old Caretaker
Not so long ago, the Left was unambiguously/or
state intervention, at
least in a lot of areas. Now it's not so sure.
It needs to sort out where it stands. Because
this is one of the issues on which Thatcherism
has been so effective.
Drug-taking is on the increase. But is it as bad
as some claim, and what do the new Tory proposals
New Style — Interview with Jeff Banks
Working Woman — Janice Winship
Ideals and Reality — Paul Fauvet
in Dispute— Roger Simon
Following last month's interview with Neil Kinnock,
Maynard and Robin
Cook discuss Kinnock's first year.
and Ethiopia • Trouble
at the Board • Mondale
technology industry breaks ranks
Dreams and Dirty Nappies
The Left doesn't believe in Utopias. It should.
They give us hope and imagination.
a Thousand Enterprises Bloom
China has gone in for a dose of decentralisation
and the market.
Labour and the People Ken
One of the few left stars that has been burning
brightly is the GLC. What
wider lessons does it offer?
Starting Britain John Grahl
The old Keynesian model is dead - The radical
Right are in trouble. But what does the Left offer
What Britain Thinks Gregor McLennan
Public opinion remains as contradictory and
ambiguous as ever.
of Witnessing — Interview with John
the Fight to the Finish — Paul Marshall
It's nearly 1985, and time to look back on
is our round up:
A Year of New Alliances?—Anne Phillips
Afraid of Tariq Ali—Peter Riddell
Miracles — Joanna Goulding
You Wearing the Right Aftershave? —
Young Fogeys — Marek Kohn
Viewpoint— Dave Rushton
Keith Hill —
Unions Labour: the nitty gritties
Ken Coates —
Tory revolution • Marcos
in a mess • Running
rings around London • Alliance
What Can the Left Give?-
John Sender and Sheila Smith
The public response to the Ethiopian famine
has been enormous. But the Left's profile
is barely visible.
The Left can fight its way through its present
problems if it looks to its strengths.
Hope or Clarity
The labour movement is in crisis. Faith
in not enough. It must come to terms with
that crisis and change accordingly.
Company of Angela Carter- An Interview
From folklore and babies to feminism and
recession, one of Britain's leading novelists
discusses her work.
Fin: France Abandons Socialism
Keith Dixon and Daniel Perraud
An experiment now in ruins. But the causes
of the collapse of the Mitterrand government's
radical aspirations must be sought in the
past as well as the present.
for a Change — Interview with
Class of its Own — Alan Clarke
Airwaves — Thomas O'Malley
from Reality — Tricia Davis
well Saga — David Thomas
Tariq Ali — Politics
Henry Neuberger — Babies
and confidentiality • India
at crossroads • The
new trade union leaders • Who
pays for the US deficit?
Encouraged by the recent court decision
on contraception for under-16s, the moral
Right are on the offensive. And there is
a sympathetic ear for them in high places.
the Popular Front
In its 11 months, the miners' strike has
found support in many different quarters.
It has helped to sustain the strike. And
in Wales, broad alliances insupport of the
miners have been pursued in quite a new
Takes a Pounding
Sterling has taken a dive. But what does
it all mean?
New Era: Interview with Joan Ruddock
The Geneva talks are underway. Cruise has
been sited. Labour's defence proposals suffered
a debacle in the last election. CND faces
a new era.
The divisions within the Communist Party
are now there for all to see. And their
outcome will have a profound effect on the
rest of the Left.
the Revolution Warm—Interview
with Terry Eagleton
Cultural Front—Andy Croft
or Misrepresentation — Pat Devine
Menace of Anti communism—Richard
Curran — Rationale for the Right
Green—Who Dares Wins
blue turned deepest red? •
Those that pay the fiddler . . .•
philosophers • Unanswered
Interview with David Blunkett
We are on the eve of rate-capping. And the
rate-capped authorities remain united in
opposition. What will happen?
in the USSR: the past catches up
The USSR has not achieved the ambitious
objectives it set itself over
two decades ago. Only widespread reforms
can tackle the malaise.
The Ponting verdict was a blow for democracy.
And all the better for being unexpected.
The Geneva talks are about to commence.
But the obstacles are
formidable and expectations low.
the Right Note
A most extraordinary industrial dispute,
the most remarkable this century, but what
strategic lessons can be drawn from the
Bard of Stratford — Interview
with Benjamin Zephaniah
Woodcraft Folk—Martin Stott
into Production — JohnWillett
Memories — Bill Schwarz
History Men — Gregor McLennan
Fine — Class Politics
Foster—Moving the Goalposts
Bland — Britain's Sexual Counter-Revolutionaries
impact of aids • Gorbachev
ushers in a new period • Restricting
drugs • The
new workers' co-operatives
Retreat into Extremism
The Left is trying to get its act together.
Splendid isolation is not the answer.
Case for the Defence
The peace movement has proved remarkably
resilient. Nevertheless the
last election was a major setback for it,
and the next one is beginning to loom on
the horizon. The time is ripe for something
Miners' Strike: A Balance Sheet •
A Roundtable Discussion
The outcome of the miners' strike was a
major setback. Now is the time to ask some
United: A Team in Disarray
A remarkable strike, unequalled this century.
But from the beginning it was dogged by
division and disunity.
Interview with Frances Morrell
Until now feminism has made little impact
on the Labour Party. But things are beginning
for Living—Interview with Betty
Passage to India — Richard Dyer
Television — Yvonne Neverson
English Dissenter — Sally Davison
Future of Science — Fred Steward
Prophecy — Elena Lieven
Hunt — The Drama Unfolds
Segal — A New Morality
la difference. . .
and Realignment- Interview with Ken
The campaign against rate-capping is not
what it might have been. The
GLC, in particular, ended in a debacle.
The whole affair may prove something of
a turning-point in local Labour politics.
Realignments are not just on the agenda,
they are well underway.
and all that
This month sees the 40th anniversary of
the victory over fascism in Europe. The
Thatcherites would prefer us to forget it.
Not surprisingly, for it doesn't fit into
their picture of history one bit. But what
does it offer us today?
Day - What Does it Mean to You?
We asked a range of people to give their
views on the significance of
the defeat of fascism in 1945.
Democracy and socilaism are intertwined.
Unless people believe that
socialism will be more democratic than capitalism,
then it won't happen.
Shows Her Age
The future of die BBC has rarely been more
Party Revisited — Interview with
The British Art Show—Jeremy Vanes
the Working Class — David Forgacs
to the Land — Lee Chadwick
P Kozlov—View from the USSR
Airlie — Miners' strike balance
— Miners' strike: a NALGO view
for the job • Limping
duck • A
new centre of gravity
on the Dole - Goran Therborn
Unemployment dominates the West. Yet the
experience of some countries, which have
managed largely to avoid it, suggests that
mass unemployment is not inevitable. But
if we fail, the social map of our societies
is likely to be transformed. A Brazilian
scenario could be the outcome.
get Pleasure from Leisure? - Simon Frith
Leisure is being transformed. It's becoming
more important in people's lives and an
industry in its own right. But what kind
of leisure will it be?
Greens- Interview with Petra Kelly
The West German Greens have burst onto the
European political stage in the last decade.
But is now looks as if thei meteoric
rise could be at an end.
the State: Thatcher's radical crusade
Who would have guessed? A Tory government
deciding to reform the state. And that's
exactly what's happening.
suitable case for treatment?
Infertility has become a major political
issue. The Powell Bill may have fallen,
but the Left urgently needs to decide where
Jackson: the importance of being earnest?
— Graham McCann
Proletarian Outsider—Bob Dent
the Picket Line - Interview with Finetime
Forces — Meghnad Desai
the Strike—John Kelly
Identity — Jude Bloomfield
David Graham — New
channels for TV
Stuart Hood — Auntie
shows her age
Paddy Ashdown — A
a retreat • Sinn
Fein on the move •
Splendid isolation • Labour's
new economic policy?
Welfare State - Safety Net or Poverty Trap
The Social Security Reviews have finally
seen the light of day. But, in
Thatcherite terms, they are a halfway house.
Long March to Modernisation: China after
Interview with Qi Xiyu
It's a hundred flowers all over again, at
least on the economic front.
Principles - A View from the Right
Socialism is in crisis. It's time to return
Gareth Stedman Jones
Socialism certainly needs rethinking. We
do need to cast some things aside—but
not certain essentials.
Arts: Bad Counsel Prevails
The furore provoked by Gowrie and Rees-Mogg
has now died down a bit. But the future
of the arts remains up for grabs.
for Tennis? — Alan Bairner
to Run: Bruce Springsteen
In the UK — Graham McCann
British Films—Chris Goodwin
Night at the Opera — Neil Pettinger
Political Agenda of the 80s—Andrew
Invisible Poor — Moira O'Toole
Leadership — Mihir Bose
Jenkins— Thatcher's Statism?
Ling—Towards Two Nations
Pocock—Views on the USSR
the bullet • Port-pourri
Down but not out •
Pax Syriana?- Roger Owen
Lebanon has become everyday news - and a
tragedy. Will it disintegrate or are the
contours of a stable settlement now visible?
Shape of the Workforce to Come
- Veronica Beechey
Just imagine. By 1990, one in four of all
jobs will be part-time, and half this workforce
will be women. . .
Hockney: a painter with class •
David Hockney is a rare figure: an English
painter who is a household name.
business: the breaking of the NUM •
The secession of the Notts area now looks
imminent. If it happens, the NUM could be
reduced to virtual impotence.
Points? — Interview with Daniel
East Enders - Christine Geraghty
England — Rosalind Brunt
Over Gramsci: a selection of holiday reading
— Joanna Goulding
Beginning of a Debate — John Saville
Mine of Information — Brenda Kirsch
Ashby — Basic income
Beckett — 'Deserving' poor
Field — Women and children first
cheers for democracy • Something
old, something new • Uganda's
torment • The
Johnson Matthey affair
South Africa has erupted. It has become
almost, but not quite, ungovernable. Is
this the beginning of the end?
Unions: Fighting on New Terrain -
A Roundtable Discussion
Six years on the defensive is a long time.
But the political levy ballots suggest the
future could be different.
and Morals-Rearming the Left
When it comes to sexual morality, the moral
Right is making the running. But the Left
is unclear about its own position.
Aid Came Alive
Live Aid is one of the most important political
developments of the 80s.
And who would ever have guessed? But can
the Left grasp its significance?
Sections: Radical demand...
A Roundtable Discussion
Suddenly black politics is making headline
news. Or at least, black sections in the
Labour Party are.
Goals and Penalties — Alan Bairner
Progress — Ken Worpole
Quality of Mersey — Ian Williams
Pen is Bigger than the Norm —
Symbols — Frank Mort
Husbands — Fiona Mactaggart
Irene Bruegel and Ariane Hegewisch —
Paul Thompson —
Monty Johnstone —
Handsworth riots • Air
crashes • David
Lange • Car
Crusaders - Beatrix Campbell
The new Labour leadership is just two years
old. With the next electionnot so far away,
what should we make of it?
Disorders: the Battle for the Vatican's
Soul -John Wilkins
In November the Vatican council meets. Behind
it lies a bitter battle overthe direction
of the Catholic church.
Blue Shuffle - Andrew Gamble
The cabinet reshuffle was a bid to revive
the government's flaggingpopularity. Is
Thatcherism on the way out?
Alternative to the Alternative: Labour'sEconomic
Strategy Interview with Roy Hattersley
Labour's deputy leader has sparked controversy
with his recent economic proposals. Do they
represent a major break with previous strategies?
Youthopia? - Phil Cohen
From Heysel to Handsworth, what's happening
to the class of 85?
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VIEWPOINT on Live Aid
on the increase • Paul
Weller • Yuppies
versus hippies • Aerobics
strategies • Third
The TUC after Blackpool • Eddie Shah
• Banking deals for women
UP on Madonna
Africa • Channel
Tunnel • Fowler
reviews • Muslim
Disaster: The Politics of Famine
Concern about the famine in Africa has grown
apace. But there is still little understanding
of what causes it.
'Realignment' is the talk of the town. But
what is it supposed to achieve?
Flexes Its Muscles
Western Europe is, bit by bit, acquiring
a new cohesion and independence. What it
might be used for is another matter.
The Dream Lingers
It is now over 20 years since Marilyn Monroe
died, yet fascination with her life and
what it represented remains as strong as
A year on, and the teachers' dispute remains
unresolved. The issues behind it all are
Newman's Cut Out 'n Keep Diary for 1986
VIEWPOINT on economic strategies
J Grahl and P Teague
with Jonathan Miller • Miners'
music • Sergeant
year's reading: a Christmas selection
The future of the mining unions
Women's health - a union issue
on Bob Geldof
Church report • Child
Halley's comet • Philippines
Are The Champions: Liverpool vs the
Liverpool is never out of the news.
Be it Liverpool FC, Militant or John
Lennon, it won't go away.
Muscle: The Alliance Takes Shape
Anthony Heath, Roger Jowell and John
What should we make of this Alliance?
Was its vote in 1983a temporary aberration
or is it here to stay?
The New Detente? East-West Relations
After the Summit
Gerard Holden and Mary Kaldor
A new mood now prevails. At least
they are talking.
Beginning of the End? The Anglo-Irish
A Roundtable Discussion
The Hillsborough Accord is in place.
The meetings have started. Willnthis
be a historic turning-point in Irish
affairs, or just another episode in
an old juggling act.
The Race For Pole Position: The Car
Daniel T Jones and Andrew Graves
We are in the midst of a revolution
in the car industry. And this one
will make it easier for small manufacturers
VIEWPOINT on Europe
RUSTIN Flexing Europe's muscles
BROWN Putting Europe back on the
Ballet • The
Archers • Steven
future of shop stewards •
additives • racism
and trade unions
UP on Terence Conran
Street • Wendy
Savage • CPSU
Takes The High Ground
Heseltine poses the biggest internal
threat to Thatcher since 1979.
'Her Majesty's official opposition'
is hardly a traditional description
the Church of England. But these days
it doesn't look so inappropriate.
Parliament: The Choices Facing Labour
We can't keep ignoring it. What should
Labour do if it doesn't command an
overall majority at the next election?
Alternative Economic Strategy: Goodbye
to All That?
Ten years ago, the Left felt secure
in its economic prescriptions. It
certainly doesn't now.
Collins • Tom
Waits • Caribbean
Cricket • Quiz
New Right • Poverty
French Trade Unions
UP on Winnie Mandela
A dream come true? • Keep
on truckin' • Red
faces at Lloyd's
with Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson hit the headlines in
1984 with his bid to the Democratic
nomination for the presidency. His
emergence on to the national scene
has given the black movement a new
and powerful expression and American
politics a new progressive voice.
Stuart Hall went to Chicago to
Sparks Are Flying
Wapping was long in the planning.
But Murdoch would never have made
it work without the EETPU. It's time
to take Hammond and Co very seriously.
Another Child Abuse
Child abuse cases have become big
news. But this is not a new issue.
British Way of Death
Britain has overtaken Finland as the
country with the highest number of
deaths from heart attacks. But, within
Britain itself, there are enormous
differences between women and men;
North and South; and, most importantly,
between social classes.
Gold Loses its Shine
The fall in oil prices brings an era
to an end. Just as the oil price
increases of the early 70s had profound
effects on the world economy, so will
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A Ministry for Women
RICHARDSON Labour's proposals
HADJIFOTIOU A vision of equality
POCOCK Steady as you are
RAMELSON Gospel according to Sam
Bush and Michael Tippett •
Revolution • ANC
film Stage design
Mandela • Absolute
Beginners • Unemployment
with Brenda Dean
to the GLC • Beatrix Campbell
and Martin Jacques. On March 31, the
GLC was abolished. For good reason,
as far as the Tories were concerned.
The Livingstone regime had shown just
how popular and creative left-wing
radicalism can be.
Flexible Future: Britain's dual labour
John Atkinson and Denis Gregory. New
divisions are appearing in the labour
force between a secure 'core' and
a vulnerable 'periphery'. What should
the unions do about it?
Gorbachev Shake the World? A
Gorbachev has burst upon the world
The face of Soviet politics has been
transformed. How far will it go?
with Denis Healey
Foreign Secretary sets out his view
of the world.
Sara Mills and Patrick Williams
The animal liberation movement commands
wide popular support today. The question
of animal rights, however, raises
fundamental questionsabout our view
of politics and nature.
with Julien Temple • GLC
and the arts •
London marathon •
Shah • Shakespeare
CLOSE UP on John Smith
Africa • Wapping
2 • Drugs
and advertising • Africa
Aid • a new politics sweeps the
land Stuart Hall and Martin Jacques
First Band Aid, then Live Aid, and recently
Sport Aid have changed the political
agenda. Aid is now a major national
Waves • A Roundtable Discussion
Women's committees have tried to change
the politics of local government. But,
have they succeeded and are women's
interests really represented by these
Suppose a Labour government does try
and remove cruise. What will the US
do? Will the opposition be so great
as to force the government to back down?
Nationalisation has been in retreat.
The old Morrisonian model is dead. But
pragmatism is no solution. Public ownership
matters. We need a new model, one of
openness and diversity.
to the Civil War
Fifty years ago this month saw the outbreak
of the Spanish civil war. It ended in
bitter defeat and paved the way for
the second world war. But its legacy
has served as an inspiration.
on Defence and the Alliance
Paddy Ashdown and Neville Pressley give
Spanish civil war in photos and songs
and drugs •
UP on Sarah Ferguson
divorce • Tourism
election • Gay's
The Apartheid Effect
and South Africa
South Africa is likely to have a much
bigger impact on British politics
than Vietnam. Already Thatcher is
in big trouble.
in the Laager
New tensions are appearing in the
Pretoria regime. But it is far from
America: Can't pay.. .Won't pay?
Latin America has been steamrollered
by the debt crisis. As yet no country
has defaulted, and now this looks
unlikely, though not impossible. Meanwhile
the region has suffered an unprecedented
Secrets: the role of women's therapy
Women's therapy emerged out of the
women's liberation movement.
But the movement's decline over the
last decade has thrown up new and
difficult problems for the former.
on A Bill of Rights
reading • Journalism•
Report • History
of cinema • Martial
arts • Nawal
UP on Annie Lennox
Alliance • Chile
Royal Coup: Mrs Thatcher vs the Queen
In July a constitutional crisis seemed
possible. Was the queen really as
critical of Mrs Thatcher's policies
as the Sunday Times reports implied?
(partly defaced original)
Interview with John Edmonds
On the eve of the TUC the General
Secretary of the General Municipal
Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union,
talks to Beatrix Campbell about the
options that lie ahead.
State of the Movement
Since the late 70s the unions have
been urged to change. What are the
pressures being brought to bear and
how well equipped is the movement
to deal with the changes.
Is mass unemployment a permanent feature
of modern capitalism. It's not the
case throughout Europe. The role of
the working class is crucial.
Do Women Write?
Grace Nicholsand Fay Weldon Women's
writing is now big business. But what
motivates women to write?
Sectarian Divide: Ireland after the
Paul Bewand Henry Patterson
Ten months after signing the Anglo-Irish
Agreement at Hillsborough, both Protestant
and Catholic violence has intensified.
The future looks bleak.
on Live Aid
troubles • Soviet
tv • Living
with computers • Interview
girls • Women's
UP on Mick McGahey
Revolution is in the air as the City
gears up for deregulation at the end
of the month. But the chill wind of
forces could blow yet more business
away from Britain
contours: the legacy of Henry
the Chernobyl political fallout is
landing in unexpected places
the liklihood of a major
Pill celebrates its 25th birthday
banks cash in
the CND case
Beatrix Campbell launches her new
monthly column with a sense of deja
vu about the new-look Labour Party
Trade unions, football, Spanish civil
The Labour Party has a real chance
of winning the next election. Eric
Hobsbawm examines its record in
government, and asks whether it can
learn the lessons of the past
in the Battle of the Sexes
Women have played a key role in the
peace movement. Kate Soper argues
that this does not suggest an innate
'feminine' rejection of violence
Importance of Being Liberal
David Steel discusses his party's
radicalism, its relationship with
the SDP, and what he thinks of the
Painful Path to Health
Steve Iliffe argues for a radical
restructuring of health care to treat
the afflictions facing the NHS
Wendy Savage talks about the medical
profession and childbirth
chic - Britain's retreat
in the style wars
and mystery: John Berger writes
on the meaning of words
Day: Andreas Whittam Smith talks
about his hopes for the new quality
newspaper to be launched this
CHANNEL 5 CHOICE
Cabaret, lager, Rosa, touring bands
Maya Angelou's recollections; UCS
work-in; Sarah Benton on Elizabeth
Wilson; Umberto Eco; plus briefs
Labour Party fringe meetings
Raphael Samuel warns against opening
wounds within the Left
David Edgar on Norman Tebbit
A non-nuclear defence policy may
not be as popular as some of its
advocates claim. To win support,
it must be part of a credible alternative
The US sanctions vote
drugs dominate the campaigns as
America goes to the polls
The Raj And The NF
One of Britain's key anti-racist
At the Sales
privatisation is proving a bonanza
for advertising agencies as the
invited to spend, spend, spend
the contours of Britain's unions
look as if they might be in for
quite a shake-up
the Labour Party's new image
Beatrix Campbell looks at the 'right
to choose', the teenage
mother and Victoria Gillick
Black workers, CP bashing, women
and peace, healthy living
Hopes were high for the mini-summit.
Gerard Holden explains why it all
went wrong and where it leaves us
Eric Hobsbawm talks about the cataclysmic
year that changed the course of
The Taxing Questions
Labour's got the right priorities,
but John Grahl and Bob Rowthorn
argue that it isn't facing up to
how to pay for them
Today's Fund Special
in The Mainstream
Taking positions of power brings
pressures that many women face for
the first time. Six women discuss
what it has meant for them, and
what their experiences reveal
of The Fighter
Steve Vines looks at Israel's
new prime minister, and argues a
settlement looks even more distant
has a new sporting
hero, an unlikely one, Brummie Nigel
Comedy: Michelene Wandour interviews
Star Dies: Pat Phoenix's glittering
Goes To The Dogs
Barker: the mop and pen
The Mission, National Service, new
Barnett on Harold
Wilson and Jack Jones; class
warriors into battle; The
Trotspotter's Wisden; PR
Peace meetings plus notes on contributors
Hywel Francis urges an honest approach
to analysing the miners' strike
Joan Smith on Duke Hussey
In The Deck
It is difficult to take Tebbit seriously.
But we should. He's trying to make
the broadcasters even more cautious
Nobel prize for woman's research
The struggle for power inside the
Britain's scientists boycott SDI cash
is the latest chapter in South Africa's
efforts at destabilisation
Sinn Fein makes historic turn and
Beatrix Campbell looks at the flop
that was the Jarrow March and asks
for some new thinking
Health politics; incomes policy and
economics; yuppie mums; Reykjavik;
strike breaking; 1956 and after
Light at the End of the Tunnel
The Tories are presently riding high
in the opinion polls. At the moment
look a likely bet for a third term.
Stuart Hall argues the nightmare is
far from over
The fragile post-1960s consensus on
morality and the family is in tatters,
but what will replace it? Five women
from across the political spectrum
debate the family and morality in
Apartheid has been shaken. For two
years now South Africa has been in
uproar. Joe Slovo from the ANC executive
talks to Jonathan Steele about where
it will all lead
Sweet or Sorry?
How real are the choices being offered
to girls in employment? Cynthia Cockburn
explains why sexual stereotyping lingers
So near but so far: was that the story
of Reykjavik? Denis Healey and Fedor
Burlatsky consider the prospects for
detente following the mini-summit
dressing up is hard to do
the Camera Female?
Women photographers 1900-1955
Christmas at home and abroad, the
yawning culture gap
the lifeline to young middle America
ageing British rock music
CHANNEL 5 CHOICE
dale trails; diary dates; music; movies
Tom Sawyer on strikes and the unions;
critical canons; foodie fadbooks;
women's mags; nukes; and fascinating
Kids at Christmas plus notes on contributors
Susannah Tarbush on Assad and the