CBI • Lord
Denning • Fitzgerald's
The Past Strikes Back
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
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.
Interview with Jack Adams
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 and Protestant Politics
Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party is on the offensive. Henry Patterson,
author of Class Conflict and Sectarianism looks at the changes in Protestant
Black actors —
Channel 4 — Stuart
Karpov v. Korchnoi
— Graham Taylor
Can Labour Succeed?
The author argues that Labour must be transformed into a socialist party.
Marian Sling — Socialism
and Democracy in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1948
Going Private •
Nicaragua • Crisis
in the Prisons
The Politics of Confusion
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 volatility
culminating in the present challenge from the SDP/Liberal Alliance
Poland's Military Crackdown
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 Move
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
Outlook for the Socialist
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.
Interview with David Puttnam
St Valentines Day — Cath Jackson
What Chance Popular Theatre
? — John McGrath
Tamara Deutscher —
Solidarity: Poland's Independent Trade Union -- Poland: The State of the
Vicky Seddon — Subject
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Rape • SSRC
• PCF Congress
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 possibilities.
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 After
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 government.
Bertolucci and Italian
Cinema — Margaret Tarratt
Dr Hoggart's Farewell
— Peter Smith
Rioting on 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
Women's Oppression Today.
Namibia • The
Bristol City Eight • Yamal
Gas Pipeline • Change
on the Ultra-Right
Interview with John Alderson
Policing in the Eighties
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 establishment.
Tebbit's Law: A Tory Dream
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.
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Urban Cowboys —
— Caroline Holder
The Stuff that Dreams are
made of— Kevin Gough-Yates
Snooker — Sheila
Geoff Bell Paisley and Protestant
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?
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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
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 Hidden
Public transport has become a major political issue. But the plight
of those most dependent on it remains neglected.
Interview with Sheila Hancock
Sound Barriers - Sue
- Cathy Itzin
Movie Roles - Mandy
Charles Clarke and David Griffiths Recipe
for Defeat Labour needs to become a popular, campaigning party.
David Edgar - Every Sweet
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
From 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.
Democracy and Parliament
'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 Left
to be complacent.
Interview with Herbert McCabe OP
The Polish Pope and the
John Paul II has introduced a very new style of papacy. Meanwhile, the
Catholic Church in Britain has been going through some big changes.
Between The 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.
Diana Ross —
Wimbledon Styles —
Indian Art —
Tebbit's Law: A Tory dream
What is it, and how can it be defeated?
Steve Gooch — A Good
Grazia Ietto Gillies — The
New International Division of Labour
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Adman and Eve - Arms
Red Brigades - The
Politics of Handicap
Robert Gray - The Falklands
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.
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
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
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 —
Post-War Craft —
British Cinema in Europe
— Ian Christie
Where have all the books
gone? — John Vincent
Ben Ramelson Britain and
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
Bradford 12 • SDP
Leadership • Spanish
Pamela A Smith
The Palestinians and
Israel has inflicted a serious military defeat on the PLO. But the Palestinian
problem will not go away.
Useful Work and Useless
Millions of jobs are boring and unrewarding. But do they have to be?
The Politics of the
The Labour Right wants to exclude the Militant Tendency from the Labour
Party. But what is Militant and what does it stand for?
Gwyn A Williams
Land of our Fathers
Wales is not what it used to be and the Welsh Left has still to adapt.
The Notting Hill Carnival
It is in the classical tradition of carnivals — a festival and an
expression of resistance.
Fassbinder - Derek Malcolm
Snap, Prattle and Pop
- Claire Pollak
The Eisteddfod - Gareth
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 - After Poland
Free Newspapers •
The Democrats' New Dawn
• Hard Luck, Hard
The Unions: Caught on an
The trade union movement is in difficulties — and it's not just
because of Thatcherism
Sport and South Africa
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?
Militarism in the Third
The alternative to arms supplies from the advanced countries is not indigenous
Interview with Ngugi wa
Silly Hats and the Navy:
The Last Night of the Proms — Malcolm Barry and Olivia Harris
Ambiguities of the Estate
— Robin Evans
Britain and Western Europe
The EEC is not the answer.
Alan Hunt — Law and
Order: Arguments for Socialism
Rosalind Brunt — The
Culture Gap. Popular Culture: Past and Present
Joseph's Education Strategy
• Assembly Elections
in Northern Ireland • The
and the Foreign Office
The State of the Left in
The Right is weaker than a decade ago and the Left has made advances.
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
Andre Gunder Frank
The Atlantic Alliance in
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.
Health Care — 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.
Prospects for Labour
What kind of Labour Party is emerging from the post-1979 internal struggles?
Interview with Hugh Jenkins
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? •
US-Cuba Relations •
Payment for Debt
Interview with Rodney Bickerstaffe
The health workers' dispute has emerged as one of the most potent challenges
to the Thatcher government's economic policies.
Shackleton's Dream Island
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.
Left Holding the Flag
'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 be found.
The Great Training Robbery
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 controversy.
Here are three responses.
Women command the Flagship
Festival of Lights
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
The Greens •
Women and Office Work • Steel
— protect and survive
Anne Showstack Sassoon
Dual Role: women and Britain's
Most women now work. But society still operates as if they don't. The result
is a largely unseen but nonetheless profound social crisis.
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?
Redrawing the Political Map
A round table discussion with Sam Aaronovitch, Stuart Hall and Peter Jenkins.
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.
The Heartland of Depression
In the long boom, the West Midlands was the symbol of prosperity. Today
nowhere more dramatically describes the process of deindustrialisation and
The Man Who Came to Christmas
Dinner Leon Broome and John Bull
The Armslength Principle
African Music Lineup
The Unions: Caught on the
The problem is the decline of political consciousness
The Politics of the Labour
Exterminism and the Cold
War. Disarming Europe
Poland: A Crisis for Socialism