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40. Race for the White House 2020
Sep 20 • 37 min
The race to be next president of the United States is hotting up. What’s behind the crises in the Republicans? And can the Democrats be a route for change? Plus - report from the 20 September climate strike in London.
39. Fighting for women in Britain today
Sep 13 • 44 min
The majority of austerity is suffered by women. Meanwhile, rape convictions are down, and domestic violence murders are up. This episode, we hear about the struggle to defend women from the cuts, in the home, and at work - and how socialists think we can…
38. Government meltdown: what now?
Sep 6 • 30 min
The Tory party - and whole Westminster system - is in historic crisis. How can the labour and trade union movement navigate the Brexit impasse, oust the government, and end austerity?
37. Hong Kong’s revolutionary upheaval
Aug 30 • 38 min
Millions of people have exploded onto the streets of Hong Kong. The state has responded with outrageous violence. Where did this movement come from? Could this be the beginning of a revolution? And how can the workers and youth of Hong Kong and China…
36. Northern Ireland, August 1969: the Troubles erupt
Aug 23 • 51 min
50 years ago, workers’ action could have stopped the Troubles. Then the British state sent the troops into Northern Ireland. What are the lessons for today?
35. Peterloo
Aug 16 • 38 min
Friday the 16th of August 2019 is the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre. Armed forces charged a peaceful mass protest demanding political representation in the fight for bread, jobs and living pay. This bloody response to workers’ political…
34. Boris, Brexit and British capitalism
Aug 9 • 38 min
Unpredictable, volatile and unstable: three words which sum up the situation facing new Tory prime minister Boris Johnson. This right-wing populist is quick to make promises. But he’s presiding over the same slow-motion car crash of British capitalism and…
33. Earth strike?
Jul 5 • 23 min
Figures associated with the youth climate strikes have raised the idea of students and workers taking part in an “Earth strike” in September. The fact that young people are looking towards the organised working class is a very positive development. But…
32. Fighting closure at Ford Bridgend
Jun 28 • 31 min
Bosses at the Ford Motor Company are trying to close the engine factory at Bridgend in South Wales. Hundreds of workers could lose their well-paid, skilled jobs, and thousands more workers in the supply chain could be affected. The closure threat follows…
31. Grenfell and Barking: safe homes for all now
Jun 14 • 40 min
Two years after the preventable disaster at Grenfell Tower, justice and safety are still not secure. A fire in flats in Barking, east London, underlines the ongoing threat caused by the profit drive in the housing sector. How can woking-class residents…
30. Europe’s political polarisation
Jun 7 • 32 min
Across the continent of Europe, the 2019 EU elections showed growing polarisation and turmoil. Why is that? We speak to Bob Labi of the Committee for a Workers’ International.
29. Euro election turmoil
May 31 • 28 min
What do Britain’s highly polarised 2019 EU election results really represent? And what is the way forward for working-class and young people to oust the Tories and end austerity? We speak to Socialist Party deputy general secretary Hannah Sell.
28. Terrorist atrocity in Sri Lanka
Apr 24 • 25 min
Isai Priya, from Tamil Solidarity, joins us in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka to discuss the outrages and the social and political situation in the country. Useful further reading: • Statement in response to the attacks:…
27. The national question, Ireland, and Brexit
Apr 18 • 39 min
Niall Mulholland, from the Committee for a Workers’ International, discusses a socialist approach to the national question and how that applies to Northern Ireland today. Useful further reading: • ‘Ireland North - Brexit crisis and the role of the…
26. Terrorism
Apr 10 • 22 min
Judy Beishon from the Socialist Party’s executive committee joins us to discuss the causes of terrorism, how it manifests today and why a socialist programme is the only way to stop it. Useful further reading: • Marxism opposes terrorism:…
25. What way out of the Brexit impasse?
Apr 5 • 17 min
Paula Mitchell from the Socialist Party’s executive committee examines the latest Brexit news and puts forward what Corbyn should be doing and saying to lead a way out of the deadlock in the interests of the working class. Useful further reading: • Corbyn…
24. Glasgow equal pay victory
Mar 28 • 13 min
We’re joined by Philip Stott from our Scottish sister party to explain the lessons from the victory of workers in Glasgow City Council following their strike action in October. Useful further reading: • Report of the strike:…
23. Climate strikes and school student unions
Mar 20 • 21 min
Socialist Students national organiser Theo Sharieff joins us to discuss ideas on the way forward for the climate strikes movement, including the possibility of establishing school students unions. Useful further reading: • Reports from 15 March:…
Special: Vote Sue Atkins in Southampton Coxford
Mar 13 • 4 min
Interview with Sue Atkins, Socialist Party member who is standing in the Coxford ward byelection in Southampton on 14 March.
22. Honda and socialist nationalisation
Mar 12 • 26 min
Rob Williams, the Socialist Party’s industrial organiser, discusses the threat to the Honda car plant in Swindon and the Socialist Party’s demand for nationalisation. Useful further reading: • ‘Honda closure threatened – Corbyn must pledge nationalisation…
21. A turning point for Corbyn’s Labour leadership?
Mar 7 • 22 min
We talk to Hannah Sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary, about the latest developments in the Labour Party, including the Independent Group split and the suspension of Chris Williamson. Useful further reading: • ‘No retreats – Corbyn must stand…
20. Is climate change a political issue?
Feb 25 • 29 min
Chris Baugh, Socialist Party member and assistant general secretary of the PCS civil servants’ union (personal capacity), speaks to us about what type of change is necessary to truly combat climate change. Useful further reading: • “There’s no planet B”:…
19. #schoolstrike4climate
Feb 18 • 28 min
Socialist Students national organiser Theo Sharieff and London Socialist Party youth and student organiser Helen Pattison join us to discuss the recent student climate strikes. Useful further reading: • Reports from 15 February:…
18. Socialism: Utopian and Scientific
Feb 12 • 31 min
Ben Robinson from Socialist Books discusses the latest publication of this Frederick Engels’ classic and why it’s so relevant today. Useful further reading: • ‘Socialism: Utopian and Scientific’ by Frederick Engels, available at –…
17. What’s happening in Venezuela?
Feb 4 • 28 min
CWI secretary Tony Saunois gives analysis of the attempt to remove Maduro from power in Venezuela, and the lessons for left governments and parties internationally. Useful further reading: • ‘Venezuela – resist the imperialist coup’:…
16. Are no-cuts council budgets possible?
Jan 28 • 36 min
We speak to Clive Heemskerk from the Socialist Party executive committee about a strategy for struggle against local government cuts. Useful further reading: • ‘Passing the council cuts test’: • Response to…
15 BONUS. Dave Nellist interview
Jan 21 • 13 min
Socialist Party member Dave Nellist, former Labour MP, gives a radio interview on Brexit, Corbyn’s position and a socialist approach to the EU.
15. May’s government in crisis
Jan 21 • 25 min
Socialist Party executive committee member Judy Beishon analyses the latest Brexit developments after the historic defeat of May’s deal and the first attempt at a no-confidence vote in parliament. Useful further reading/listening: • ‘May facing Brexit…
14. GRA Reform
Jan 15 • 36 min
Sarah Sachs-Eldridge, the Socialist Party’s national organiser, discusses the proposed reform of the Gender Recognition Act, and a socialist programme for united struggle for Trans rights. Useful further reading: • ‘Taking Trans rights forward’ by Sarah…
13. 2019
Jan 7 • 41 min
Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe gives an analysis of the political processes and trends we can expect to see continued and escalated in 2019 – from economic crisis, to Brexit chaos, to shifting world relations. Useful further reading: • On…
12. The Gilets Jaunes
Dec 19, 2018 • 39 min
Clare Doyle from the CWI and Socialist Student national chair Theo Sharieff join us to discuss the movement sweeping France, what it symbolises and what we can learn from it here. Useful further reading: • ‘France in revolt’ by Clare Doyle:…
11. Tory Brexit Chaos
Dec 12, 2018 • 24 min
We discuss with Hannah Sell following Theresa May being forced to abandon the planned parliamentary vote on her Brexit plan, and the initiation of a vote of no confidence in her from within the Tory Party. Useful further reading: • ‘Tory chaos reaches…
10. Economic crisis - ten years on
Dec 3, 2018 • 25 min
Steve Score from the Socialist Party’s national committee discusses the financial crash of 2007/8, its causes and implications. Useful further reading: • ‘10 years since the financial crash – the socialist answer to capitalist crisis’ by Steve Score:…
9. When revolution ended World War 1
Nov 26, 2018 • 38 min
9. When revolution ended World War 1 We speak to Bob Labi from the Committee for a workers’ international about why World War 1 ended when it did, and particularly the role of radicalisation and revolution. • ‘1918 - revolution ends first world war as…
8 BONUS Tony Saunois at Socialism 2018
Nov 22, 2018 • 34 min
Audio recording of Tony Saunois’ introduction to the workshop ‘Latin America- lessons for the left in Britain and Europe’ at Socialism 2018 on 11 November
8. Who is Bolsonaro and how did he get elected?
Nov 19, 2018 • 23 min
Secretary of the CWI Tony Saunois talks about the election of the far-right Bolsonaro in Brazil, what it indicates and what can be done about it. • ‘Brazil- the resistance begins now’ by the Socialist Party’s sister party in Brazil:…
7 BONUS Kshama Sawant
Nov 16, 2018 • 52 min
Audio recording of Kshama Sawant’s introduction to the workshop ‘Could Trump win in 2020’ at Socialism 2018 on 10 November
7. What is Trumpism?
Nov 12, 2018 • 24 min
We talk to US socialist Bryan Kolouris about the nature and threat of Trumpism. Useful further reading: • ‘US in turmoil – Trump’s crisis, the midterm elections, movements and strikes’ by Bryan Kolouris, April2018:…
6. What’s the big deal about the unions?
Nov 5, 2018 • 38 min
Rob Williams, Socialist Party industrial organiser, talks about the importance of the trade unions, their potential role, and what’s necessary to transform them. Useful further reading: • ‘Trade unions and the gig economy’ by Rob Williams, October 2016:…
5. A Socialist View of Brexit
Oct 29, 2018 • 48 min
Clive Heemskerk, the deputy editor of Socialism Today, discusses Brexit, the problems it presents for the capitalist class and what it really means for workers. Useful further reading: • ‘People’s vote should be a general election’:…
4. Is the far right on the rise?
Oct 22, 2018 • 36 min
Socialist Party executive committee member Paula Mitchell looks at the nature and relative strength of the far right and the populist right today, and how a movement to defeat them can be built.
3. Antisemitism - what it is and how to fight it
Oct 12, 2018 • 35 min
In light of the smears against Jeremy Corbyn, Judy Beishon, a member of the Socialist Party’s executive committee, explains the origins of antisemitism, its nature today and what’s necessary to end it. Useful further reading: • ‘Antisemitism – what it is…
2. Politics in Britain today
Oct 11, 2018 • 50 min
After the party conferences this autumn, Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe discusses the trends in politics in Britain at the moment – from two parties in one within Labour to the Tories’ Brexit crisis. Useful further reading:…
1. Socialism
Oct 11, 2018 • 38 min
Socialist Party deputy general secretary Hannah Sell discusses what we mean by socialism, what the Socialist Party stands for and why we’re launching a podcast. Useful further reading: • ‘Is this Generation Socialist?’ by Hannah Sell:…