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Winter 2022

Table of Contents

Ronan Burtenshaw

The Cost of Living

The crisis impacting working people isn’t a result of blind economic forces — it is the result of a class war waged from above.

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Tory Britain

Chris McLaughlin

Partygate Is the Beginning of the End for Boris Johnson

A quiet revolution is under way, and the most organised cohort of Tory MPs is the one plotting the PM’s downfall.

Eye on the Movement

Willie Howard

Britain’s Bin Workers Won’t Back Down

After years of deregulation and neglect, Britain’s bin workers are rising up in a wave of local disputes for decent pay and dignity on the job.

Taj Ali

Blacklisting Hasn’t Gone Away

Don’t believe what bosses and politicians say, the blacklist is still a living reality for many trade unionists  — and we’ll only ever smash it by ending casual labour and building real collective confidence among workers.

Jo Grady

The Forever War on British Universities

Across the country this year, UCU workers are striking not just for wages, pensions, and conditions — but for a higher education system worth learning in.

Joe Cullinane

Workers First in North Ayrshire

From building municipally-owned green energy companies, widening food access for local people, and engaging in mass council housing projects, North Ayrshire’s Labour council shows what a socialist solution to the cost of living crisis could be.

The Internationale

Kurt Hackbarth

The Age of AMLO

Since his election as president in 2018, Andrés Manuel López Obrador has become one of the world’s most popular left-wing leaders — and remade Mexican politics in the process.

Perry Blankson

Haiti’s Curse Is Neocolonialism

Over two centuries since enslaved Haitians broke their chains and declared a republic, their descendants remain subjugatedby Western imperialism and its homegrown collaborators.

Parliamentary Socialism

Rebecca Long-Bailey

Partygate and ‘Honest Politicians’

It can be tempting to see the desire for honesty in politics as naive — but the people are entitled to a political system that they can trust.

Tribune Investigates

Solomon Hughes

Cashing in on the Housing Crisis

The Help-to-Buy scheme is marketed as an effort to solve the housing crisis, but it’s actually about the Tories helping those who benefit from the crisis get even richer.

The Coming Crisis

Grace Blakeley

Inflation Is Political

Rising inflation is driving the cost of living crisis, but it isn’t an act of God. It’s the result of policy decisions that favour the rich — and socialists need to have an alternative.

Joe Bilsborough

The Rent Is Too Damn High

Housing is driving the cost of living crisis, with private rents in England the highest ever recorded. That will only change through a struggle of renters against the rentiers.

Shami Chakrabarti

Protest Under Siege

Under the cover of the culture war, the government is introducing a wave of authoritarian legislation designed to erode our democratic rights. But the only way to defend the right to protest is to exercise it.

Lester Holloway

Making the Enemy Within

The Tories’ Nationality and Borders Bill is the most draconian legislation yet in their hostile environment, threatening not only immigrants but millions of British citizens. It falls to the Left to defend the ideal of a society where ‘equal rights’ is more than an empty phrase.

Donna McLean / Francesca Newton

‘The Relationships Were Completely Systematic’

Donna McLean, who was deceived into a relationship as part of the Spycops scandal, speaks to Tribune about the deliberate nature of abuse by undercover police, the wider web of corruption exposed by recent revelations — and why she feels the public inquiry process offers little justice.

Fraser Watt

Building the People’s Internet

Crypto advocates promise to democratise the internet by decentralising power, but the real path to digital democracy is publicly-owned infrastructure.

Colette Shade

We Can Do Better than ‘Uber for Therapy’ Services

More and more people are seeking therapy today. But new app platforms like BetterHelp will only further undermine conditions for providers and the patients they serve.

Zarah Sultana on her life in politics

‘I Still Feel Watched’

Tribune’s editor sat down with the Coventry MP to discuss her path into politics, her experience in Parliament, and the question of where the Left goes next.


Owen Dowling

Tribune vs. the Nuclear Bomb

From the moment the first bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Tribune was at the forefront of the campaign against nuclear weapons. It was a cause that shaped the magazine for decades.

Luca Peretti

Pasolini at 100

One hundred years after the birth of writer, director, and communist Pier Paolo Pasolini, his creative works remain some of the most compelling chronicles of the tumultuous twentieth century.

Alex Niven

The Northern Roots of Modernist Sci-Fi

In the dying days of industry, northern England supplied the crucial animating backdrop to classic sci-fi in its formative stages.


Anna Shevchenko

Updated: A Letter from Moscow

A grandiose new art venue funded by a Russian billionaire has pompously opened in Moscow. But this one is named after the Soviet typology of a ‘House of Culture’, and aims to place the public at the centre of its activities. Can it live up to the name?

Katrina Navickas

Utopia and Reality

The New Town of Stevenage exemplified the post-war compromise, and is now being reassessed — but the truth is it was neither a ‘crap town’ nor a utopia.

Rhian E. Jones

Lost and Familiar Worlds of Socialism

A new history of early socialists in Bulgaria documents how many problems of the movement reach across the generations.

Hannah Proctor

Dancing in the Ruins

Ulrich Gutmair’s The First Days of Berlin provides a glimpse into the squats, galleries, and techno clubs that sprung up after the fall of the Wall — but what were the political underpinnings of that scene and what is its legacy?

Juliet Jacques

No One Way Works

The American leftist poet Diane di Prima wrote her ‘Revolutionary Letters’ for over forty years, filling them with both advice and anger.

Carl Neville

Ways of Ending

Mike Leigh’s apocalyptic Naked was a terrifying picture of early 1990s Britain, alone in the director’s oeuvre in its brutal pessimism. How does it stand up in the equally bleak early 2020s?

Douglas Murphy

The Dialectics of Space

Fred Scharmen’s history of space exploration stresses both its capitalist realities and its utopian dreams.

Robert Barry

Leaving the Music Industry

Thirty years ago, the KLF staged a dramatic attack on the music business at the 1992 Brit Awards. How political was that gesture in retrospect, and could we see its like again?

Owen Hatherley

Red Library: Science Fiction

There has always been an affinity between socialism and science fiction, a genre that makes clear it is still possible to imagine new societies — however much our miserable politics might claim otherwise.