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Issue 17

Table of Contents

Ronan Burtenshaw

The New Austerians

Britain is in the midst of a workers’ uprising. The return of austerity aims to kill it in its tracks.

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Louise Brown & Simon Tyrie

Tribune in the Community

The newly-formed Luton Tribune Club is fighting the cost-of-living crisis in one of Britain’s most neglected communities.

Matt Kerr

The Great Energy Scam

In April, the government plans to push millions into poverty by hiking energy bills — the latest sacrifice on the altar of privatisation.


Holly Turner

NHS Workers Unite

A nurse gives her perspective on the historic NHS strikes — and where they need to go next.


Mary Lou Mcdonald

‘We Have a Big Political Project’

Tribune editor Ronan Burtenshaw sits down with Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald to discuss whether her party can build a new republic on the island of Ireland.

Alex Gourevitch

Why We Have the Right to Strike

Capitalism guarantees bosses the power to exploit – our only defence is the right to strike back effectively.

The New Austerians

James Delaney

Selling Austerity

Economic elites have long understood the contradiction between capitalism and democracy — and have used austerity to roll back working-class power to protect private profits.


Alex Niven

The North Will Rise Again

The history of the North of England — from the birth of the Industrial Revolution to the neglect of recent decades — has produced a culture at once pragmatic and hopelessly ambitious.

Donal Fallon

Brendan Behan: Man and Showman

Dubliner Brendan Behan was born one hundred years ago. Despite his demons, he became one of the twentieth century’s great working-class writers.


Marcus Barnett & Elaine Mokhtefi

Mokhtar Mokhtefi’s Literature of Refusal

The posthumously published memoir of Algerian freedom fighter and revolutionary Mokhtar Mokhtefi, I Was a French Muslim, sketches a life of struggle against oppression and colonialism.


Owen Hatherley

Red Library: Modernist Architecture

A hundred years after its emergence, modern architecture is still controversial. The Red Library this issue looks at how it came into being and some of its suppressed histories.

Robert Barry

Property Will Eat Itself

The transformation of industrial spaces into clubs and then into flats in cities like Manchester has created a strange ouroboros of self-consuming development.

Carl Neville

One Man’s Trash

In the dark days of John Major’s Britain, Channel 4’s Eurotrash took aim at Britain’s relationship with ‘the continent’ and created a low-art surrealist classic in the process.

Frances Hatherley

Sputnik and Shed

Two photobooks documenting what could be called ‘socialist playgrounds’ reveal the differences between adults designing for children, and children designing for themselves.

Juliet Jacques

Come On You Reds

A new book on the beginnings of football in the Soviet Union reveals how the Bolsheviks first regarded it as an opium of the people — and then tried to build a game of their own.

Charlotte Lydia Riley

History from Below Is Where You Find It

Ignore the sepia filter — Call the Midwife, which returns in 2023, has long been one of the most radical programmes on British television.

Hannah Proctor

We Have Never Been Postmodern

Stuart Jeffries’ new book charts a lively history of postmodernism from the 1970s to the millennium through a discussion of pivotal artworks, pop cultural figures, cultural theorists and political events. But are we really still living in ‘postmodern’ times?

Douglas Murphy

Make Do and Mend

However you read the statistics, the climate crisis has to mean less building. What does a future of living in old buildings hold for the future of architecture?

Aneta Vasileva

A Letter from Dimitrovgrad

The post-war New Town in Bulgaria has just celebrated its 75th birthday. Its combination of Stalinist aesthetics and post-socialist kitsch is all that the country’s elites find shameful, but there is still life in this ‘city of the future’.