May Day sees the relaunch of the Socialist Review, with a new format and glossy look. It will be a monthly magazine that will get to the heart of and analyse the major issues facing socialists and activists in the movements.
Judith Orr, the editor of Socialist Review, said, “We want to relate to the socialist activists in the movement and give them the ideas to go forward.
“We’re proud to have new columnists, such as Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the PCS civil service workers’ union, whose members will be striking on May Day. Mark is writing about his union’s Make Your Vote Count campaign, which is unsettling New Labour.
“Billy Hayes, the general secretary of the Communication Workers Union, will be another regular columnist, giving his view on what’s going on in the unions.
“Socialist Review will also have an expanded culture section, with more book reviews than before. For instance in the May issue we have a review of Newsnight reporter Paul Mason’s great new book, Live Working Or Die Fighting, about the global working class.
“Respect national secretary John Rees talks to Paul about how the struggles of unions today relate to the struggles of the past.
“We will also have articles about the history and traditions of our movement. One exciting project is a monthly cartoon strip by Tim Sanders and Keith Flett based on Chris Harman’s A People’s History Of The World book.
“Our A-Z of Socialism series will begin with alienation by Istvan Meszaros, one of the great living Marxists, who has written the definitive book on the subject.
“At the centre of each magazine will be a polemical article that looks at one of the key issues that faces the movement.
“In the May issue that will be Socialist Worker’s own Charlie Kimber looking at the events of May Day in Britain and asking what the situation is for the working class in Britain? Are more workers gaining the confidence to fight New Labour?
“There will also be major investigative pieces. Hsiao-Hung Pai, whose research was used to make the moving film Ghosts about the Chinese cockle pickers who died in Morecambe in 2004, shines a light on how the rich and famous treat and abuse the migrant workers they employ.
“It’s an important time to have a monthly socialist magazine. Socialist Review will answer the big questions thrown up by the struggles of today – the questions that are not answered by any other magazine out there.
“Socialist Review has the space to give in-depth but accessible analysis of what’s behind the news here in Britain and around the world, and what it means. We will have series of letters – from a different country each month. We are starting with a Letter From Pakistan about the recent huge protests against the regime.
“We also want to encourage our readers to send in their stories and ideas and to take extra copies to sell at work and college.”