Marxism Today January 1987



Is the Iran contra scandal another Watergate? Charles Wheeler looks at the similarities and the differences

Banking with Botha:
the boycott campaign after Barclays

Picture of Two Worlds:
consumer spending continues to surge, but so do bad debts

should women have abortions without
the father's consent?

Scottish rates reform:
blueprint for a poll tax

Mrs Aquino's precarious balancing act is far from over

Beatrix Campbell argues that it's time for the British Left to take the European Community seriously

Electoral concerns; childcare, sex and the YTS; families; love and politics; Sinn Fein; and misogynist money


Love in a Cold Climate
The Aids virus has produced moral and social side effects that could transform our sexual relationships. Jeffrey Weeks traces the course of the disease

The Sid In Us All
The British Gas sale may have disappointed the government. But, argues Charlie Leadbeater, the privatisation campaign has ushered in a profound shift in attitudes to share ownership

The Cult of The Gun
One person's freedom fighter is another's terrorist. In an age of escalating political violence, Fred Halliday argues that we should avoid romanticising terrorism

Band Aid: Is That It?
Band Aid transformed the politics of aid. Two years on, Bob Geldof talks to Noll Scott about where it should go
from here

The Community of Women
The European Community is emerging as a progressive force on women's rights. Catherine Hoskyns examines the relationship between women and the Community


An Uncommon Pursuit:
cricket and class

Culture Vultures:
Brian Sedgmore MP on Labour's arts policies

Hanif Kureishi talks about living in Britain, sex and black politics


Clothes codes:
Marxism Today's first ever fashion show looks at who is wearing what and why

And tagging behind, stockists and stylists


John Lloyd on Wapping; Black politics; Sinclair sunrise; Band Aid; Spanish legacy; Marquez's tale; and Gorbachev

New Year resolutions plus notes on contributors

Melissa Benn on the Myra Hindley myth

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Marxism Today February 1987


French Lessons
Chirac has found the road to neo-liberalism more difficult than he

The beleaguered drinks giant faces an unhappy 1987. Meanwhile it has
made post-Big Bang City a hot political

Fred Halliday asks whether the ceasefire could bring a lasting peace?

the government's plans aren't up to it

News on Sunday:
will it turn out to be a flagship or a flop for the Left?

Chinese Puzzle:
Rebellious students appear to have derailed the reform process. Is it all downhill from now on?

Sid isn't all; fashion freaks; a terrorist
morality; and Euro women


Charge of The Light Brigade
Beatrix Campbell examines why Labour councils are so vulnerable to being tarred with the 'loony left' brush

The Gorbachev Revolution
The arrival of a new leader has heralded a new openness within Soviet society. Monty Johnstone interviews leading
Gorbachev aide, Fedor Burlatsky

Unions: Fit for Active Service?

Labour's new industrial policy won't work because the unions aren't up to it, argues Tony Lane

Labour Shores up its Defence
Neil Kinnock has bravely nailed his non-nuclear colours to the mast. Jon
Bloomfield assesses Labour's defence policy

Master of Arts
Arnold Kettle, writer and communist intellectual, died last month. Eric Hobsbawm pays tribute

Living in Fear of Feelings
Elena Lieven suggests emotions play a powerful, yet largely unrecognised, part in politics


Under fire:
can the Beeb survive the pressures of
Tory attacks and technological advance? Brian McNair looks at what the future might hold

Laugh and a half:
how political is alternative comedy? Stephen Wagg looks at the New Wave from Monty Python to Spitting Image

Tokens of affection:
the message behind the Valentine's Day ritual

Jack Lindsay, literary figure of the 1940s and 50s, looks back at his life on the Left

Bernard Crick on Roy Hattersley; Jill Tweedie on Mary Kenny; scientific futures; plus briefs on foreign travel: China, Tibet and New York, a guide to the guides, and how to avoid travel bugs

Bob Lumley on the worldly wordsmith, Umberto Eco

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Kinnock's Big Secret
Kinnock went along with Thatcher on Zircon. Martin Kettle explains why. And it doesn't bode well for a Labour government

British Telecom Strike:
This was very much a dispute of the future

GPs at night: the innercity dilemma

Moscow Moves:
Under Gorbachev, events have begun
to move with an almost bewildering speed

Something the media still wouldn't admit

Common curriculum:
The Tories want to bring the schools into line.And it would mark a major change in British education

fireworks for women's day

More loony left, isms, escort ads, union resources, the beeb


The Great Divide
Andrew Gamble looks at the North-South division

A Taste of Currie
Beatrix Campbell interviews Edwina Currie, the controversial Tory minister

Election Voices
Angela Carter, Derek Jameson, Raymond Briggs, Tony Blackburn, Merle Amory, Auberon Waugh and others tell us what they feel about the general election

The New Nostalgia
The secondhand, pastiche and nostalgia are all the rage. David Edgar asks whatever happened to modernism

2O Years of Women's Choice
In spite of the 1967 Abortion Act, feminists are on the defensive. Alison Frater explains why

A Tale of Wapping Woe
Mike Power and Helen Hague assess the dispute that lasted over a year


Coming in from the Cold:
the new Soviet cultural climate

The Housemartins
on the words behind their music

Paul Simon's Graceland
album raised a lot of questions about the cultural boycott

Marxism Today's
first wine column and a special offer

Behind the scenes with athletics coach, John Isaacs


Hank Wangford on country and western; constructivism at the Tate; and much more

Anna Raeburn on Gloria Steinem's Marilyn; James Cameron; thrillers

The incomes policy debate

A guide to local museums

George Joffe on Terry Waite

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Pale Shades Of Blue
As the election approaches, Thatcherism is wearing a paler shade of blue

The Lebanon Conundrum:
Syria moves in to sort it out. But will it - and on what terms?

The General and Municipal Workers
in search of a new image

Good Times, Bad Times:
Things have changed for CND. And it's not easy-going

Clarke Law:
The Tories are shaping up for another round of union law

A new star is born, the first for centuries

Beatrix Campbell argues that Labour, at last, is taking notice of women, but progress remains fragile

Modernism, more on escort ads, designer socialism, Edwina Currie, abortion


Labour's Pain, Alliance Pleasure
Sarah Benton looks at Labour and the Alliance in the light of Greenwich

In the Land of the Dispossessed
Britain's workforce is now acutely divided. Charlie Leadbeater argues it is the Left's biggest problem

Sisters and Slogans
Feminism in the 80s is very different from the 70s. Melissa Benn discusses the changes

Gramsci Supplement
This month marks the 50th anniversary of Gramsci's death. Stuart Hall, Anne Sassoon, Roger Simon and others assess his significance

Class War and After
At the root of the Left's crisis,
argues Ernesto Laclau, is the fact that the working class can't deliver the goods

Regulating the Media Maelstrom
Television is on the eve of a revolution. Brian McNair explains why


Fleet Street is beginning to look very different these days

Richard Dyer assesses Andy Warhol, symbol of the 60s

Selling off the football grounds

Le Corbusier at the Hayward

Adult comics
are becoming more popular - and are not what you might expect

jazz; Ramadan; Platoon; Laibach; and word processors

Malcolm Rutherford on Beatrix Campbell's Iron Ladies; Anita Desai on Indian fiction; Falklands; family history; and much more

Celebrating Shakespeare's birthday

Peter Wilby on Kenneth Baker

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Marxism Today May 1987


The Red Star Effect

Gorbachev is taking the West by storm. Even the radical Right is starting to change its tune

Soaring Art Prices:
As art prices rise the public loses out

University research:
the government has been forced to retreat a little. Slowly the science lobby is getting a hearing

Gay Rights:
activists propose a new law

Chernobyl Fallout:
The case of the Cumbrian sheep reminds us just how dangerous nuclear power can be

Trade Wars:
Despite all the jingoism,
Japan is more sinned against than sinning

Beatrix Campbell investigates what is
happening to Britain's biggest union, the Transport and General

More on Currie, cultural boycott, Iron Ladies, punter power, postmodernism


Snatching Victory from Defeat
Eric Hobsbawm argues we must prevent a third term at all costs; and that means voting for the candidate, Labour or Alliance, which has the best chance of defeating the Tory

The Natural Alliance
The Alliance is seen as untouchable by many on the Left. Martin Kettle suggests that, on the contrary, it must be seen as part of the Left

Parent Power at the Chalkface
Parent power is the Right's
new buzzword in education.Angela McRobbie explains why we ignore parents at our peril

It's off to Work we go?
The Tories are vulnerable on unemployment, and they know it. Veronica Beechey argues that Labour can't turn the issue to its advantage because its case is unconvincing

Quiet Death of N-Power
One year after Chernobyl and the Tories seem to have learnt nothing. But Colin Sweet suggests that appearances might be deceptive


Cilia Black, pop star of the 60s, goes from strength to strength in the 80s

Glasgow has a new spirit and a new status

Carmen, an opera that remains ever-popular

Turner at the Tate: he finally has his wish granted


Nicholas Wright on West End theatre; Channel 4's Cornerhouse; Domesday
Database and Healthcall Julia Pascal on Jews; Dylan's lyrics; black political culture; Aids; acid rain; Chernobyl and

Robin Cook, Dave Cook and Neal Ascherson reply to Eric Hobsbawm on tactical voting. Bill Morris discusses divided labour

Glasgow's Mayfest

Nicci Gerrard on Glenys Kinnock

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Marxism Today June 1987


Britain's Sterling Efforts
The economic indicators seem to be providing an electoral gift to the Tories. But they have little to do with the government's performance

Bullets Before Ballots:
The killing of eight IRA members during a raid on a Northern Ireland police station may cause some heartsearching in the organisation - but it is unlikely to deter its military campaign

In From The Cold:
Iceland's women hold the balance of power

Greece's New Left:
A new force emerges from the fragments

Common Future:
An assault is launched on the world's polluters

Underpaid - And Unloved:
Civil servants are trying hard to court
public opinion

The great tactical voting debate continues


Labour: A Party In Search of Power
Beatrix Campbell talks to Bryan Gould, Labour's election campaign organiser

Gramsci and Us
How can questions raised by an Italian Communist in his wartime prison cell help us understand Thatcherism, asks Stuart Hall?

Thatcher Britannia
Mrs Thatcher's womanly
qualities have been crucial to her political project. But, says Ros Brunt, they have done little to advance the cause of her sex

The Gorbachev Offensive
The Soviet leader's reform drive is a high-risk strategy. But, argues Archie Brown, he is strengthening his base in order to carry it through

Glastonbury Pull-Out
Some news and some views on CND's summer spectacular

Japan At Bay
Hostility is mounting towards Japan's trade surplus. But, says John Wells, it could play a critical role in encouraging world development


Brian Hipkin interviews Labour's director of
communications, Peter Mandelson

Led Zeppelin: The riffs live on

Londoners - city life on view

Tasting the grape: The best buys from down under

Paul Bradshaw on reggae; Star Trek IV; Digital audio tape; Scotland's tennis coup
Feminist Book Fortnight special: Barbara Cartland, Rosie Barnes, Margot Heinemann and others on key political books; plus teenage fiction, sci-fi, black writers and the 19th century novel


Monty Johnstone and Michael Meadowcroft MP take issue with tactical voting

Looking at local art

Isabel Hilton on Alfonsin

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Marxism Today July 1987

Reagan's Gulf Gamble
The latest bout of US hostility towards Iran is fraught with danger

Glasnost and Peace
The new mood in the Soviet Union may
provide an opening for autonomous groups

Scotland's Revolt
Can Caledonian Labour meet the challenge?

The Challenge to Chun
How will South Korea's leader react to the crisis?

Cheque out with Plastic

The new bank cards herald the demise of cash

Breakthroughs in superconductors

Beatrix Campbell on the Northern Ireland trade union movement

Soviet women, libertarian cul-de-sacs, education


Crawling from the Wreckage
In the end, the 1987 election repeated the disaster of 1983- and, argues Andrew Gamble, the Left has no alibis

Heartlands of Defeat
Doreen Massey maps the political geography of a divided Britain

Flexibility At The Coalface
Charlie Leadbeater talks to Mick McGahey on the eve of his retirement from the miners' union leadership

Cycling Pull-Out
The pros and cons of twowheeled transport

The Tamil Tragedy
The roots of the Sri Lankan conflict are buried deep in the sub-continent's post-colonial settlement, argues Meghnad Desai

Blue Election, Election Blues
Labour's revival depends on moving beyond the old traditions, argues Stuart Hall


Rod Hackney talks to Jos Boys about his approach
community architecture and his role as president of the Royal Institute of Architects

Polish theatre has been upstaged by the drama of political reality


Sue Steward on salsa; radical US drama;
Skin and Coal; hippies; national fantasies at the Barbican

The new Gunter Grass; Cynthia Cockburn on the MSC; contraceptives; plus Alison Fell, Micheline, Wandor Eamonn McCabe

Jude Bloomfield and Robin Blackburn responding Ernesto Laclau, discuss the continuing importance of class

Malcolm Rutherford on Neil

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Marxism Today August 1987

Alliance Asunder
Malcolm Rutherford looks at the personalities and politics of the split within the Alliance

Democrats' White Hopes:
After Hart's demise, there seems to be only one Democratic alternative

An Ear For Quality:

Eric Hobsbawm's obituary to John
Hammond, the most radical talent spotter in the history of jazz

Fight, Fight and Fight Again:
The NUM is assessing its position as a result of the recent conference

To Fund Or Not To Fund
The steady erosion of the grant base of the Royal Shakespeare Company continues despite the company's success on Broadway

Popular socialism, voting patterns, the Greek Left, Soviet initiatives, cycling feedback


Abuse Of Trust
After Cleveland, the sexual abuse of children must never again be just a family affair, argue Esther Saraga and Mary MacLeod

Ostpolitik Reborn
Eric Hobsbawm in conversation with prominent SPD thinker Peter Glotz

Italy's Fading Dream
The decline of the PCI in recent years suggests that the third way is no longer possible. Donald Sassoon argues that the European Left is suffering from many of the same symptoms

A Hole In Labour's Heart
Labour's election campaign was widely praised, but Robin Cook argues that another term of Thatcherism will necessitate further changes in presentation and a serious rethink of Labour's priorities

Women At War
Marge Piercy discusses feminism, the second world war and her new novel with Maria Lauret and Cora Kaplan


Edinburgh Festival:
A guide to one of the most important events in the cultural calendar

Fringe: Fact and fiction

Edinburgh: Politics of the Festival

Playwright David Edgar talks to Richard Eyre, the new director of the National

The who, what, when, where and why guide to the Edinburgh Festival

Talent Spotting:
The famous feet that once trod the Festival's boards

H-Block,the IRA and the Hunger Strike; Isabel Hilton on the new South American novel by Isabel Allende

South Africa diary


Bob Woffinden on Rupert Murdoch

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Marxism Today September 1987

Two Paths To Summit
Disarmament is on the agenda, but John Cox explains that there is a wide difference between the expectations of the superpowers

The Alliance:
Unanswered questions about centre-party politics

Confrontation in the Gulf:

The recent rise in Iranian rhetorical violence masks the political calculation
behind the religious fervour

The genes everyone is talking about:

The dangers of the revolution in genetic technology

Mosaics in the spotlight:
Celebration of the ancient art

How come so many people don't know what to think about the Spycatcher saga?

Child abuse, Northern Ireland, the MacBride principles and nice marxists

Lessons In Elitism
Baker's plans for education are the most radical since 1944. Brian Simon argues the case for effective resistance

The Maya Character
Author Maya Angelou, celebrating the publication of the new volume of her
autobiography, talks to Marxism Today about her life and works

Unions Go To Market
The unions must be seen by the public to pursue efficiency. Charlie Leadbeater argues the case for a new social vision to match the restructuring of the economy

Coalfield Conundrums
The recovery of the NUM will require courage and strategy. Hywel Francis looks to the future

Left Turns Across Europe
Four leading European communists discuss their political position and future intentions


The press, the government and the book with the box-office appeal of Le Carre

Editor of Cosmopolitan, Linda Kelsey, in conversation about the magazine which celebrates its 15th birthday this year

As the new season kicks off, Marxism Today examines the cult of the football manager

Soviet poster design: Art or advertising?

The essential war film after Platoon

The past and present significance of Marcus Garvey

John Lloyd and Charlie Leadbeater's book on the future of work; Post-structuralism; Heroin abuse; women of Nicaragua

The new policies needed to attack the ramshackle coalition of Toryism

George Joffe on Ayatollah Khomeini

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Conservative Commitments
The Queen's speech in June outlined 17 bills theTories hope to enact in the next parliamentary session. Andrew Gamble looks at the new Tory agenda

Che Guevara:
Assessing his significance 20 years after his death

Power To The Parents:
Dewsbury has pushed education into the headlines

The 13th party congress and the future
course of Chinese reform

Poll tax:
Tory own-goal?

Brum Brum
Birmingham Superprix: the motor race with a difference

Why is Labour afraid of Liverpool's popular socialism?

Union initiatives by Tom Sawyer, human rights, Northern Ireland

Out Of The Wilderness
Eric Hobsbawm argues that the problem now facing the Left is nothing less than the reconstruction of its programme

The Morals Dilemma

The personal has never been more political. David Edgar looks at the Left's attitude towards morality

Women's Fertility Rights
Over lm people in Britain today suffer from infertility. Michelle Stanworth looks at the solutions on offer

i-iv Student Supplement
Completely dispensable satchel-sized
guide for those in higher education

Happy Birthday To Us
Vox pop to celebrate Marxism Today's 30th birthday. Some loved us, some hated us, some had never even heard of us

After The Apocalypse
How is it that the country that defeated the Americans could make such a mess of the peace? Adam Fforde looks at Vietnam's current problems

Home Movie Man;
Derek Jarman's new film, Last of England, is as controversial as one would expect. Simon Watney interviews the man behind the super 8 camera

Winning the Booker Prize
means more than prestige: in the cut throat publishing world of the 80s it means big bucks

the sexuality of people and places that go bump in the night

The tv argument

direct from Edinburgh: is public or free
market the way forward?

and the manners of the 18th century British school of painting

Anthony Barnett on Livingstone and

Brenda Polan on Fay Weldon;
Women in the media;
plus Northern Ireland

Peter Hain and Martin Jacques on the left unity statement

Martin Kettle on Tony Benn

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Marxism Today November 1987

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The Great Share Crash
John Grahl examines the implications of the Stock Exchange crash for Western economies

Women And Science:
A new centre is formed for the appliance of science

The Philippines:
People power has turned sour as Aquino has shifted to the right

Job Training Scheme:
The writing is on the wall, though the
government won't admit it

Star Wars:
Could the Daily Star have underestimated public taste?

Greenham Rifts:
As cruise's future looks uncertain, why are the women campers turning on each other?

Baker's Gerbil, childfree living, taking
Hobsbawm to task and the tv debate

Beatrix Campbell is disappointed in The Big Easy's heroine

Moscow On The Move
Fred Halliday with a view from Moscow

Glasnost And After

The image of the Soviet Union has been transformed. Gorbachev's impact has been sensational. Monty Johnstone assesses the Gorbachev era

Trotsky And Co

Leading Soviet historian Yuri Afanasyev
talks about the possible rehabilitation of Bukharin and Trotsky

Women Behind Bars
Everyone loves the male crook, but not the woman criminal argue Melissa Benn and Chris Tchaikovsky

City Supplement
Our look at financial services

Centre Partings
In this interview, Shirley Williams discusses prospects for the new merged party

Towards 2025
Where is the British economy going? Bob Rowthorn and John Wells look at two possible scenarios for 2025

Bob Woffinden on the future of the
Financial Times

An old British obsession:
The Perfect Spy is set to top tv ratings

10 years after The Women's Room, Nicci Gerrard talks to Marilyn French

The Diego Rivera exhibition

East Meets Wild West: a new production of Hamlet

Damon and Debbie: Brookside takes off around the country and introduces Asian characters for the first time

The Hot House missinaries

Soviets with style: celebrating glasnost with films and tv

The latest historical blockbuster from Eric Hobsbawm;
Barbara Burford on black women's poetry

Madeleine Simms on David Alton

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Marxism Today December 1987

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Gorbachev's Gamble John Cox examines
the paradoxical implications of the INF
agreement for the peace movement and

Leslie Morton: A tribute to the party activist
and historian

Gavin Laird: Under fire forthe AEU's single-
union agreement with Ford in Dundee

Dundee: The TUC background

The Arias peace plan: Changing the ground
rules in Central America

Ozone: The heart of the atmosphere has
been ripped out

The Pink Paper: Fun remains a priority for
the newspaper filling the gap left by Gay

Beatrix Campbell on Aids advertising and
the culture of penetration

Glasnost, Damon and Debbie,
Hobsbawm's style and back to 202

Spend, Spend, Spend? Black Monday was
the biggest Stock Exchange collapse since
1929. Will it lead to a slump or will it remain
very much an equity crisis? John Wells
examines the possibilities

Legacy Of The Crash The crash has
shaken the radical Right. Charlie
Leadbeater and Bob Rowthorn argue it
could do them serious damage

Violent Screen Play Hungerf ord has given
quite new force to the argument about
violence on television. Rosalind Coward
explains why the Left must be part of the

Beating A Unilateral Retreat
unilateralism has had its day. Jon
Bloomfield argues it is time to move on

The Left's Hallelujah Chorus Chesterfield
was supposed to be about rethinking. It
was more a display of fundamentalism in all
its finery. Rosalind Brunt reflects

A letter home to mum from loving son
Stuart Cosgrove

Meaty and meatless Christmas menus

Drink and be merry: The season's finest
wine and port

A short story by FayWeldon

SueTownsend's recommended children's

A look at the bookshops' humour sections
this Christmas

Stars on 45s: the famous choose the five
most indispensable records in their

Attenborough's Biko and some favourite
festive flicks for the holiday

Review of the Booker shortlist

Julian Turner on Kasparov and Karpov

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