The Spirit Level requires a revolutionary toolkit

  Richard Wilkinson, coauthor of the book The Spirit Level gave a half hour slide presentation about the corrosive effects of inequality on society at the Leeds Anti-Cuts Convention in February 2013.  The “spirit level” refers to the carpenter’s tool to measure incline, and the slide show indeed measured in exhaustive detail the correlation between … Continue reading The Spirit Level requires a revolutionary toolkit

Review: Why it's Kicking Off everywhere: The New Global Revolutions

Chris Clough reviews Paul Mason's latest book Paul Mason's new book Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere is a thought-provoking look at the wave of struggle that is currently sweeping the globe. It’s an engaging narrative that effortlessly leaps between eye-opening facts and hair-rising on-the-ground accounts of working people resisting austerity and dictatorship. Mason traces the … Continue reading Review: Why it's Kicking Off everywhere: The New Global Revolutions

Review: The riots by Gillian Slovo

Joy Macready reviews The Riots at Tricycle Theatre on between 17 November – 10 December THE RIOTS, written by Gillian Slovo, is a thought-provoking account of the UK riots that erupted in summer 2010. Based on more than 60 interviews, the play gives a voice to the many “actors” involved in the real-life drama: from the … Continue reading Review: The riots by Gillian Slovo

Film review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

“There is a mole at the top of the circus…” THESE WORDS open up a well made and tense thriller, directed by  Tomas Alfredson. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, now remade as a historical drama piece, speaks of a different time but captures well the tensions of the spy world in the mid-1970s. Through a series of … Continue reading Film review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Review: Attack the Block – when aliens invade south London

Directed by Joe Cornish, reviewed by Jeremy Dewar Attack the Block is a fast-paced and extremely funny sci-fi movie, set in modern-day south London. It is remarkable for its use of unknown actors, whose lives and backgrounds resemble the characters they play, and a script that benefits from having been developed in collaboration with south … Continue reading Review: Attack the Block – when aliens invade south London

Playing with Politics?

Rachel Hodgins reviews Playing with Fire by David Edgar, National Theatre to 21 October The past few years have seen a welcome revival of political theatre in Britain. David Edgar started his career as one of a generation of political playwrights and, unlike many of his contemporaries of 30 years ago, has been producing political … Continue reading Playing with Politics?

Review: revolutionary capitalists?

Bill Jenkins reviews Merchants and Revolution: Commercial Change, Political Conflict, and London’s Overseas Traders, 1550–1653 by Robert Brenner, Cambridge University Press 1993 For many years bourgeois historians have treated the English Revolution of the seventeenth century as a purely constitutional or religiously motivated struggle. It was a deviation from the normal “gradualist” path of development … Continue reading Review: revolutionary capitalists?