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23 February 2022

TV review: This is Going to Hurt

Crucial story from NHS coalface: 'This is Going to Hurt' is a groundbreaking look at the pressures and strains on clinicians and the NHS

16 February 2022

TV: 'Death of Two Black Men: Police in the Spotlight'

The BBC Wales documentary 'Death of Two Black Men: Police in the Spotlight', shines a light on the horrific deaths of Mohamud Hassan and Mouayed Bashir, immediately after contact with South Wales Police

16 February 2022

TV: 'A Killing in Tiger Bay'

'A Killing in Tiger Bay' is an in-depth, three-part documentary telling the story of one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in British criminal history - 'the Cardiff Three'

16 February 2022

How Cardiff Bay's redevelopment led to 'social cleansing'

'King Coal' in the late 19th century gave rise to Cardiff docks and the surrounding area, which became known as 'Tiger Bay'

9 February 2022

Does the fight for Trans rights conflict with women's rights?

Michael Johnson's article, 'Stonewall attacked by the establishment' (the Socialist, 15 December 2021), refers to "some in the women's and labour movement", he asserts, are jointly campaigning with right-wing journalists and politicians "to present trans and non-binary people's rights as con

2 February 2022

Why I joined: I'm tired of austerity and status quo

Why I joined the Socialist Party: I am tired of austerity and the squeeze on the working class and lower middle class. What happened to the concept of 'quality of life', where families have the right to a fair standard of living, an

2 February 2022

Belfast: Worth watching portrayal of previously airbrushed workers' unity

Film review: Belfast: Kenneth Branagh's semi-biographical film opens with images of modern-day Belfast, and then moves back in time (in black and white) to 15 August 1969, and the soundtrack of Van Morrison.

2 February 2022

Covering basic costs is hard, and it's getting worse

At the start of lockdown, as a key worker in the funeral industry, I faced difficulties paying for rent, food, a car, insurance, tax, fuel, phone and internet, like many others.

19 January 2022

Theatre: Yes Yes UCS

Interview: Telling the story of the 1971 Upper Clyde Shipbuilders work-in: In June 1971, the privately owned shipyards of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders collapsed into receivership. But instead of accepting redundancy, the large workforce occupied the affected sites and began its famous

12 January 2022

Anne: Hillsborough and the fight for justice

Kevin Sampson's short TV series portrays the crusade for justice by the family of one of the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster's victims

12 January 2022

Money Heist: A Robin Hood tale set in modern-day capitalism

TV series: 'La Casa de Papel' or Money Heist: This is a must-watch Spanish drama over five series, and now available to watch in its entirety on Netflix.

12 January 2022

Don't Look Up: An entertaining satire on corporate power and the US establishment

Film: 'Don't Look Up': The movie satire, 'Don't Look Up', became a major hit over the Christmas holiday season. The dark comedy, written and directed by Adam McKay, concerns a desperate attempt by scientists to alert the

12 January 2022

War criminal Tony Blair knighted

On New Year's Eve, Buckingham Palace announced that former Labour prime minister Tony Blair would be rewarded with the Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter by the Queen

12 January 2022

Bullying weighing room culture at the races

Horse racing, known as 'the sport of kings', has a long history. And for most of that time the jockeys were male, until the 1970s, in particular 1979, when women were allowed to become professional jockeys.

12 January 2022

Free prescriptions? Maybe when you're older

The government has a proposal on the table to raise the qualifying age for free medical prescriptions from 60 to 66

15 December 2021

Christmas quiz of 2021

OK, here's the annual opportunity to check your brain's neural connectivity and recall what happened in 2021.

15 December 2021

TV review: Vaccine Wars: The Truth About Pfizer

Nationalise the pharmaceutical giants: This Dispatches programme reveals the enormous profits made by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, the lack of vaccines sent to poorer countries, and how Pfizer money helps spread misleading claims about rivals.

8 December 2021

Film review: The Harder They Fall

'The Harder They Fall' is a new Western on Netflix. The movie sets are stylised and the gunfights are majestically choreographed. But the film also stands out for its all-black cast, something that is

8 December 2021

Mail attacks tube strikers by stealing socialist's image

The Daily Mail's distain for working-class people will not surprise many of our readers, neither will its shoddy journalism

1 December 2021

TV review: Valley of the Tears

Effective, but flawed, depiction of war and class divisions: Valley of the Tears is an Israeli TV series which is set in the first days of the war between the Israeli state and a coalition of Arab states, principally Egypt and Syria, in October 1973.


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