The Corbyn Earthquake

Crowds of young people at Glastonbury this year have been spontaneously erupting into chants of ‘Oh, Jeremy Corbyn!’

The Corbyn Earthquake

Nothing so symbolises the political earthquake brought about by Jeremy Corbyn’s dramatic campaign in the recent British general election. Crowds of young people at a music festival chanting the name of a sixty eight year old white male Labour politician! This is unprecedented – more normal would be to be booed or ignored. Indeed there […]

Vermeer – the artist and his times

Vermeer – the artist and his times

The new exhibition at the National Gallery, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting, which runs till 17 September, is well worth a visit. This is both for the art in itself – Vermeer is a wonderful painter and many of the other artists featured are also very good – and for what it tells […]

How they Speak to Us

How they Speak to Us

How they speak to us     The 1% who run this society, the capitalist ruling class, speak to the rest of us i.e. the general public, a majority of whom are working class, mainly through the media, that is via a series of intermediaries – politicians, TV producers and presenters, news readers, newspaper editors, […]

No Country for People!

Dave O’Farrell reviews the ‘Humans Need Not Apply’ exhibition in the Science Gallery, Trinity College.

No Country for People!

Exhibitions which try to combine art and science can often come up short on both the art and the science. Add a political theme to the work and the potential pitfalls are legion. Unfortunately the current exhibition at the Science Gallery in Trinity College generally falls short on all fronts. Humans Need Not Apply aims […]

Ignorance is (Panti) Bliss

Emma Hendrick replies to Panti Bliss’s call for moderation

Ignorance is (Panti) Bliss

Rory O’Neill (aka Panti Bliss) is a nationally recognised figure who has campaigned on LGBTQ issues for many years. In 2014 he gripped the hearts of the nation with his Nobel Call from the Abbey theatre. To date, his speech, which offered a deeply personal account of homophobia in Ireland, has been viewed over 800,000 […]

Another sad loss in a bad year: The passing of George Michael

The relentlessly-positive Wham! duo of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley burst onto the British stage in the early 1980s. While Ridgeley faded from the celebrity stage George Michael's solo career, good humour and drug-fuelled antics kept him a household name until his death on Christmas Day.

Another sad loss in a bad year: The passing of George Michael

George was the embodiment of 1990’s pop, but there were hints throughout his career, and in revelations since his death that he wasn’t simply the rich playboy the media often portrayed him as. The seemingly apolitical Wham! released “Wham!- Rap!” with the lyric “I ain’t never gonna work” advocating the dole life as a good […]

Who was Leon Trotsky?

The Russian revolutionary leader has been in the news recently as British Labour Party Blairites have been denouncing Corbyn supporters as ‘Trotskyite entrists’. Against this background James Granell reviews Trotsky’s autobiography ‘My Life’.

Who was Leon Trotsky?

Leon Trotsky’s My Life is a remarkable work. First published in 1930 while Trotsky was living in exile in Constantinople; the book demonstrates how his life was inseparably bound up with some of the most important events of the early twentieth century. Crucially, Trotsky was the only Bolshevik leader to write his memoirs and thus […]

The State Of The Nation- Lenin On The State

In the latest of his reviews of classic socialist texts James Grannell looks at Lenin’s most famous book The State and Revolution.

The State Of The Nation- Lenin On The State

In the latest of his reviews of classic socialist texts James Grannell looks at Lenin’s most famous book The State and Revolution. Lenin’s The State and Revolution, written in 1917, is widely accepted as one of the classics of Marxist theory, but what’s it all about? In this relatively short text Lenin outlined his theory […]

1872-2016: 144 Years of the Housing Crisis

In the latest in our series on socialist classics James Grannell reviews Frederick Engels: The Housing Question, (1872)

1872-2016: 144 Years of the Housing Crisis

‘It is perfectly clear that the existing state is neither able nor willing to do anything to remedy the housing difficulty. The state is nothing but the organized collective power of the possessing classes, the landowners and the capitalists as against the exploited classes, the peasants and the workers. What the individual capitalists (and it […]

A Crackin’ Read

A Crackin’ Read

Gene Kerrigan, The Scrap:a true story from the 1916 Rising, reviewed by Mary Smith. THE SCRAP, by Gene Kerrigan is, among other things, a crackin’ read. Kerrigan’s journalistic style is great anyway, but here he’s used it to make history read like an adventure novel. But of course it’s more than that. The enormous respect […]