Conflict in the southern
Sudan • The housing
benefit bungle • Back
Lebanon: the Middle East
The Lebanon has been torn apart by internal and external strife. But now
the situation has been internationalised in a quite new way.
Nineteen Eighty-Four in
1984 has finally arrived. How has the novel stood the test of time?
The Culture Gap
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
Just what will Britain be like on the eve of the twenty-first century?
The Age of Unemployment
Unemployment is the issue which most concerns the British people. But
not much is happening.
Interview with Melvyn Bragg
The Genius of Venice
— Tony del Renzio
Spotlight: The Unhipness
of Eolk — Karl Dallas
John 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: Sound Effects
Bert Munro and Des Walshe, and Anna Coote discuss
Sinclair — a chip
off the old block? • Pension
funds • Your
shekel or your wallet
Caught 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.
The 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
Britain's Misspent Youth
Once the MSC was about job-creation. Now it — and the YTS —
are much more about cultural conditioning.
Yugoslavia: An Experiment
The Yugoslavs have developed a very individual style of socialism.
But they now face major economic problems, and their democratic processes
are being severely criticised
The Unions: Is there life
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 Panto —
Cinema from Three Continents
— Roy Armes
Brookside — Christine
Spotlight: The Trouble
with Poetry — Michele Roberts
Andrew Gamble— The
Thatcher government: Thatcher and friends
Fred Halliday — Class
Struggle is the Name of the Game
Dave Cook and Roger Poole
discuss 'Labour's Lost Millions'.
South Africa's dilemma
• Drugs and xenophobia
• Monetarism in
retreat • Spanish
Labour: Rump or Rebirth
Labour can recover. But only if it respects its traditions.
Administrative 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.
Unions in Search of their
Left policies and leaders shouldn't be confused with the views of the trade
union membership. OK. But how do you win the membership
Britain's Growing Greens
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.
The Victorian Visionary
William Morris was not just an important Victorian figure, he has something
to offer us today.
Opera's Rising Star —
Light Dimensions —
Spotlight: Classical Music
— Malcolm Barry
Cynthia Cockburn —
Women in Control
Tricia Davis —
The Left and the Erotic: Sex and Love
Betty Matthews — In The Tracks of
Kathy Myers and Ann Sedley discuss feminism in 1984.
Divorce — keeping
it in the family • Andropov's
455 days • Training
for jobs • Italian
Storming 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.
The Egyptian Enigma
Egypt is beginning to stir again. But it is more likely to be a mild version
of Sadat than a return to Nasser.
How the Other Half Lives
Labour's crisis isn't mainly about policies, it's about its relationship
with the people.
Crossed Lines: Communists
in Search of an Identity
The Communist Party may be small, but its present disputes affect the
whole of the Left.
The Bleak Country
Frank Gaffikin and Andrew Nickson
The jobs crisis in the West Midlands is a product of global restructuring
as much as the domestic recession.
Barry Manilow: opium of
die missus — Barney Hoskyns
Gay Switchboard 10 years
Musicals now —
Spotlight: China Watching
Gregor McLennan —
Class Power and State Power
John Peck — What
is Proportional Representation?
New Ireland Forum •
CPSU and Spanish communists • Racism
To 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.
Taking 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?
Mapping 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.
Full Employment: Slogan
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.
Modern Dance —
— Joel Cayford
— Deborah Cherry
Architects in Crisis
— Martin Pawley
George Matthews —
1939: The Communist Party and the War
Judy Kimble —
Sex and Destiny: the politics of human fertility
Ann Pettifor —
Women and the Labour Party
Ron Bellamy —
Trends in the Communist Party
House of Lords •
Video Nasties •
South American Slump
• Hungarian Reforms
This Lady's Not for Turning:
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 Unbridgeable Gulf
The Iran-Iraq war is three and a half years old. Once it seemed that Iran
might win, now it looks like continuing stalemate.
Overstating the State
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.
Males, 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.
Fuelling Britain: the Future
The present dispute is not about a handful of uneconomic jobs, it's about
the whole future of the coal industry.
English Romanesque Art
1066-1200 — Rodney Hilton
Liverpool's Garden Festival
— Bob Dent
Fanzines — Paul
French Crime Movies —
Sara Lefanu —
Hannah Kanter —
Urvashi 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
Boycott by any other name
• Science parks
• Laurels and hardy
poets • The Dutch
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?
Berlinguer: Architect of
Over one million people attended his funeral. In retrospect, he looks
like one of the great figures of postwar Europe.
Sheffield: Steelyard Blues
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?
The Greening of Britain
Socialists have traditionally emphasised growth. Now it must be tempered
Coalfield Women at the Face
a roundtable discussion
A unique feature of the miners strike has been the involvement of women
in the coalfield.
Spreading the Arts —
Interview with Joan Bakewell
Computer Games - Tom
The Royal Shakespeare Company—Paul
Gareth Stedman Jones—Towards
2000/Wigan Pier Revisited
Anthony Barnett — Ernest
Bevin Foreign Secretary/Labour in Power 1945-51 /The Labour Governments
Hugo Young — Thatcherism
John Ross — Thatcherism
Tricia Davies — Crossed
David Blunkett —
How the Other Half Lives
ads & classified
Labour's black sections
• Social security-
reviews and reforms • Poles
together • Ethical
Strike to the finish-A roundtable
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.
A Tale of Two Germanies
• Jonathan Steele
Suddenly, relations between the two Germanies has become an issue of some
Breaking 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 commonplace on
our television screens. Yet something can be done about it.
Star Spangled Economies
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 half the
Computing the Future
— Interview with Richard Sharpe
Street Dancing —
Law and Order —
Hidden from History
— Alok Ray
Tom Baistow — Mirror's
Steve Munby — Municipal
Appeal of Reaganism •
Street illegal •
The bingo war • Policing
The 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
Britain's Deadly Diet
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
Sale 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.
The Hongkong Syndrome
It could hardly be more different from the Falklands. And the deal currently
being stitched together is likely to fall apart, sooner or later.
All Actors should be Working
Interview with Tony Booth and Pat Phoenix
Supergirl — Tessa
The Running Boom—Mark
Pregnancy and Choice
— Jan Mellor
A Voice in the Wilderness
— Pamela A Smith
Barry Hugill — Breaking
Marc Wadsworth and Iqbal Wahhab — Black
The bullet bites back
• No strike, no say
• The Vatican and
Liberation Theology • Health
An 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.
Reagan's American Dream
It looks like Reagan again. But why has he been so successful? From a
European vantage point, it doesn't seem so obvious.
Refurnishing the Corridors
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 civil
The State — Socialism's
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.
Britain's Drug Problem
Drug-taking is on the increase. But is it as bad as some claim, and what
do the new Tory proposals amount to?
Breaking New Style
— Interview with Jeff Banks
Beware Working Woman
— Janice Winship
Mozambique: Ideals and
Reality — Paul Fauvet
Hegemony in Dispute—
Following last month's interview with Neil Kinnock, Peter
Kellner, Gordon McLennan,
Joan Maynard and Robin
Cook discuss Kinnock's first year.
ads & classified
Britain and Ethiopia
• Trouble at the
Board • Mondale
industry breaks ranks
Hopes, Dreams and Dirty
The Left doesn't believe in Utopias. It should. They give us hope
Let a Thousand Enterprises
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.
wider lessons does it offer?
Bump Starting Britain
The old Keynesian model is dead - The radical Right are in trouble.
But what does the Left offer the future?
What Britain Thinks Gregor McLennan
Public opinion remains as contradictory and ambiguous as ever.
Ways of Witnessing
— Interview with John Berger
Following the Fight to
the Finish — Paul Marshall
It's nearly 1985, and time to look back on 1984. This
is our round up:
1984: A Year of New Alliances?—Anne
Who's Afraid of Tariq Ali—Peter
Rigging Miracles —
Are You Wearing the Right
Aftershave? — Carol Sarler
Pop's Young Fogeys
— Marek Kohn
Keith Hill — Unions
Labour: the nitty gritties
Ken Coates — Ballot