Category Archives: anti-cuts

My review of “Sound System, The Political Power of Music” by Dave Randall

Dave Randall is a professional musician and ex-member of the SWP. In this new book he charts his own awakening into the world of music and politics and tries to explain why music is so important to all of us. … Continue reading

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Book review; Bob Crow Socialist, Leader, Fighter by Gregor Gall

Bob Crow grew up on a council estate in the East End of London: his father was a docker and his mother was  a cleaner. He left school at 16 without any qualifications with dreams of becoming a professional footballer, … Continue reading

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“We cannot go on as usual”: my review of “Freedom is a Constant Struggle” by Angela Y Davis.

“Pessimism of the Intellect and Optimism of the Will”. This phrase sums up how I feel about 2016. I came across this  quote in a brilliant book  Freedom is a Constant Struggle; Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement … Continue reading

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The chains of history connecting 1910 to 2016 : from Mary MacArthur and Mary Quaile to the Durham Teaching Assistants.

Last week,  when  speaking at a West Midlands Unison meeting for women about the life of Mary Quaile,  I was vividly reminded  of the power of women and the power of women in trade unions.  While the problems women face … Continue reading

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Book review; See Red Women’s Workshop Feminist Posters 1974-1990

Activists today could learn a lot from the history of the See Red  Women’s Workshop. In this new book  which documents the life of the collective 1974-90, they provide some important lessons for all of us in how you get … Continue reading

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Read my weekly roundup of radical arts and politics…Burning Doors, Daredevil Rides to Jarama, Kinsley Women Cleaners, Sounds and Sweet Airs

            Watch some political theatre. My favourite writer and socialist, Jim Allen, said of his plays; “I hope that the audience demand answers and action. I’m not keen on sending them to bed happy-I want … Continue reading

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Read my weekly roundup of radical arts and politics…I Daniel Blake,Birdsong; Stories From Pripyat,Off Beat:Jeff Nuttall and the International Underground, Scapegallows

                Watch I, Daniel Blake for free next Sunday, 25 September, through this link.  Like many of Ken Loach’s films it’s a polemic about the state of society in the UK today. For … Continue reading

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