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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Think Globally, Act Locally</span>Think Globally, Act Locally
The Spokesman 128
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial
Richard Sakwa - Europe’s Civil War
Ken Coates - Common Home
Tony Simpson - Russia’s Poetry
Ken Coates - From a mob to a movement
Peter Maurer - Red Cross Alert!
David Krieger - Conversion of the Heart
Alexis Tsipras - Reparations Unpaid
Loula Vlahoutsikou Giannakopoulou - Our Breath of Life
Frances O’Grady - Gifts from Greece?
Trevor Griffiths - Comedians
Stanton B Garner Jr - ‘Something as ugly as this joke’
Benedict Cooper, Zenn Athar & Ursula Holdsworth - Save our NHS
Caroline Salzedo - I Love This Body
Jo Vellacott - Conscientious Objection


Price: £6.00

106 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8479


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Trident Undone</span>Trident Undone
The Spokesman 127
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial
Commander Robert Green RN (retired) - Paradigm Shift
Jeremy Corbyn MP & Julian Lewis MP - The Politics of Trident
Shannon N. Kile & Hans M. Kristensen - ‘Mingled Asset Ownership’
Robert Green - Why I rejected nuclear deterrence
Einstein and Russell
Andy Worthington - Remember Guantánamo
Alexis Tsipras, interviewed by Haris Golemis - Syriza and Europe
Lord Byron - The Curse of Minerva
Stuart Holland - Realising Europe’s recovery proposals
Alastair Crooke - Looking ahead
John Kinsella - Pilgrimage
Tom Unterrainer - The 1970s
Yuri Larin’s Space
Anna Larina - Reunion with Yura
John Kinsella - Secular Contemporary Hermit Song


Price: £6.00

116 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 845 5


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Conscientious Objection: Bertrand Russell</span>Conscientious Objection: Bertrand Russell
and the Pacifists in the First World War
By Jo Vellacott

'I am glad to have this book become available again, virtually unchanged, but with a new title to emphasise the role of the Conscientious Objectors. Although this story of the No-Conscription Fellowship (NCF) focuses on Bertrand Russell’s contribution, it has been recognised as contributing to an understanding of how the NCF was made up, how it worked, its successes and failures, and dissensions within it, particularly over the acceptability of various forms of alternative service and of political action in the cause of peace ...

Russell’s first few months in the No-Conscription Fellowship had qualities which could not last, and could never be replicated. A particular kind of companionship comes when we work closely with a few others in a crisis situation, and Mephy (Russell’s nickname), CA (Clifford Allen) and CEM (Catherine Marshall) had it in abundance during the early months of the implementation of the Military Service Act. Russell later forgot the intensity and the joy of the experience, but he left it on record in his letters to Ottoline Morrell.’
Jo Vellacott

Price: £14.99

340 pages
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8424


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Even unto Gaza</span>Even unto Gaza
The Spokesman 126
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial
Richard Falk - Preventing the crime of indifference
Eran Efrati - The killing of Salem Khalil Shammaly
Mohammed Omer - What happened in Khuza’a
Ahdaf Soueif - The world on notice
Russell Tribunal on Palestine - Gaza under attack: Summary of findings
John Gittings - Who started the First World War?
Bertrand Russell - A Pacifist at War
John Daniels - Africa Genocide
Tony Simpson - NATO – NO, TA!
Saskia J Stuiveling & Ellen M A van Schoten - NATO’s modest steps
David Vine - Ice Cream
Mike Cooley - Insulting Machines
Ray Perkins, Jr - Chrome Dome


Price: £6.00

126 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 843 1


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Europe in Question: - ePUB</span>Europe in Question: - ePUB
and what to do about it
By Stuart Holland

'Stuart Holland on Europe is akin to Thomas Paine on the French Revolution combined with John Maynard Keynes on the Economic Consequences of the Peace. At a preciously young age, he persuaded Charles De Gaulle to agree to Britain's second application to join the European Economic Community. As an advisor to Jacques Delors he designed solutions to Europe's current problems decades before they even surfaced. Now, with Europe in Question - and what to do about it he offers a new generation of readers unique insights on how Europe can be fixed - as well as warnings that it may not be.'
Yanis Varoufakis
Professor in Economics University of Athens and Visiting Professor LBJ School of Government University of Austin Texas.

Yanis Varoufakis is co-author with James K. Galbraith and Stuart Holland of The Modest Proposal 4.0 of which former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard has commented:

"It neither is modest by ambition nor in intelligence. Its aim is to resolve the Eurozone crisis without directly confronting the sovereignty of any major state, and notably not that of Germany. It combines awareness of room for manoeuvre displaced by monetary authorities for decades and affirms that there can be solutions within existing institutional frameworks."

Europe in Question elaborates this case in The Modest Proposal by an author who was the architect in the 70s of Labour's economic programmes, then a Labour member of parliament, and has been an adviser since the 1960s to European heads of state and government as well as to the ETUC, the European Parliament and the EU Social Partners Economic and Social Committee.

Price: £9.99

ISBN: 978 0 85124 835 6
ePUB format


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>The Machine and the Worker</span>The Machine and the Worker
By Alfred Barratt Brown

'This is one of the most interesting, informative and insightful books I have encountered on this topic. It is both cautionary and inspirational …

Although it was published in 1934 when the author was Principal of Ruskin College, Oxford, its great strength is that it still provides a multidisciplinary framework in which to consider how to progress further the matters addressed. It shows the need to campaign for socially useful systems in an era of exponential technological change, when the gap between technology's potential and its reality becomes a yawning chasm.

Those initiating technological change usually provide an account of its positive features only. History shows, however, that it is a double-edged affair, a form of Faustian exchange. The author deals deftly with this by providing a sort of balance sheet of the gain and losses of such systems …

This is indeed a tour de force and is written in a form that makes it not only accessible but a delightful read. It should be widely read and discussed, not least in departments of engineering and design, as works of this kind are surely as important as mathematical or machine theory.

The Barratt Brown family are to be thanked for making this book available for republication, and Spokesman Books should also be thanked for making it a reality.'

Mike Cooley, from his new foreword

Price: £9.99

216 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 0 85124 838 7
Published Oct 2014


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>A Pacifist at War</span>A Pacifist at War
Letters and Writings 1914-1918
By Bertrand Russell
Edited by Nicholas Griffin

‘The outbreak of the First World War in August 1914 dramatically changed almost everything in Bertrand Russell's life. It was the War that made him a public figure and ensured that henceforth philosophy would only occasionally prevail over politics for his attention ... Unlike so many who went enthusiastically to war in the summer of 1914, Russell knew the War would be a disaster. Nor did he share the general British opinion that Germany was entirely responsible. He thought the secret diplomacy of the Liberal administration under Sir Edward Grey, which had entangled Britain in a series of alliances to defend continental countries against aggression, shared a good deal of the responsibility. He had, moreover, no doubts at all that it was his public duty to oppose the War ... The War made him a popular figure among pacifists and those on the Left who were opposed to it, but it made him persona non grata with the Government, including many of his erstwhile allies in the Liberal establishment (though not with his lover, Ottoline Morrell and her husband, who remained staunchly supportive of the pacifists). The costs to Russell of opposing the War were high. The government fined him, confiscated his passport, placed him under surveillance, banned him from certain parts of the country, and eventually jailed him. He was viciously attacked in print and in person and, on at least one occasion, physically assaulted. He lost his job at Cambridge, his academic career, and many of his former friends. During the War he was dependent on his brother for providing him a place to live and when it ended he was broke, jobless, and exhausted. None of this caused him to waver for a moment in his unrelenting opposition.'

Nicholas Griffin
McMaster University, Canada

'The introduction to the book as a whole, and particularly to individual letters, is very fine, as to be expected from its editor, Nicholas Griffin (editor of Russell's collected papers of the period). The choice of his writings (as distinct from letters) could not be bettered in the space given to them; readers might have preferred these to have been expanded at the cost of fewer of his letters. However, these provide a fascinating insight both into his emotional life and entanglements of the period, and to his participation in the anti-war struggle. His fascinated and fascinating encounters with D.H.Lawrence are particularly well illustrated. As a whole, the collection is a much needed extension to his Autobiography, and as the only reasonably priced way into the vast treasury of his papers of the period, is a must for his admirers, and an education for our time.'
Chris Bratcher

Price: £9.99

218 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8370


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Rough Violence</span>Rough Violence
The Spokesman 125
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial
Alastair Crooke - Islamic State
Vladimir Putin - How I see it
Ray McGovern - China, Russia and Ukraine
Diana Johnstone - Iron Curtain Reprise
Gabriel Kolko - NATO: Expanding or Exploding?
Ben Thompson - His Master’s Voice
Hugo Radice - Warwick University Ltd
Ron Rose - How the world works
Lucy Gill & Chris Carter - Warwick University Ltd 40 years on
Michael Barratt Brown - Education and Democracy
Accounting for Orgreave
Trevor Griffiths - Thatcher’s Children
Nick Matthews - Co-operation Halted?
Khatchatur I Pilikian - Genocide
Nicole Morris, Bernard Dréano, Abi Rhodes - Peace Event Sarajevo
Dave Webb - The sun rose in the west


Price: £6.00

136 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 839 4


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Warwick University Ltd</span>Warwick University Ltd
Industry, Management and the Universities

Edited by E. P. Thompson

In February 1970, students occupying the Registry at Warwick University uncovered evidence of secret political surveillance of staff and students. There followed not only fierce debates within the university on issues of governance and democracy, but also a legal battle as the administration tried to stop the press from publishing the documentary evidence, and wider public debate on the purpose and values of university education. Warwick University Ltd will be of great interest to today's activists, because the conflict at Warwick clearly prefigures current struggles over the subordination of higher education to commercial goals, as well as political surveillance, policing, the use of legal injunctions, press freedom and business corruption. This edition includes a new introduction prepared by some of the original contributors, highlighting the links between then and now.

Andrew McGettigan - Radical Philosophy Jul/Aug 2014

Price: £9.95

194 pages
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8295


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Unmasking Austerity - ePUB</span>Unmasking Austerity - ePUB
Opposition and Alternatives in Europe and North America
By Dexter Whitfield

Unmasking Austerity: Opposition and Alternatives in Europe and North America exposes how austerity policies have fuelled the fire of recession rather than stimulating growth. It identifies key lessons from organising and action against such policies, and urges a rethink of trade union, community and social movement strategies to overcome austerity. Unmasking Austerity examines the deeper causes of the financial crisis, and exposes the manufactured crises which are being used to dismantle hard-earned labour rights and the welfare state.

A radical alternative strategy includes economic stimulus, reconstruction of public services, faster fundamental reform of banks and financial markets, the elimination of corporate welfare that enriches big business, and strategies to increase labour's share of national income.

Edward Dingwall - Red Pepper, September 2015

Public Services International - June 2014

Dave Putson - Independent Socialist Networks
May 2014

Price: £9.99

ISBN: 978 0 85124 8325
ePUB format


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Unmasking Austerity</span>Unmasking Austerity
Opposition and Alternatives in Europe and North America
By Dexter Whitfield

Paperback edition.

Edward Dingwall - Red Pepper, September 2015

Public Services International - June 2014

Dave Putson - Independent Socialist Networks
May 2014

Price: £15.00

ISBN: 978 0 85124 8417


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Lambrakis and the Peace Movement</span>Lambrakis and the Peace Movement
The Greek May of 1963
By Panos Trigazis

'Grigoris Lambrakis was an exuberant personality, a courageous and ardent fighter for peace, democracy and social justice. We walked together in 1963 on the great march from the atomic weapons facility in Aldermaston to London, where we got to know each other, and I became a profound admirer of his passion for peace.

That visit to London to take part in the Aldermaston march gave me an opportunity to meet the great British philosopher Bertrand Russell, leader of the British anti-nuclear movement and consistent supporter of the Greek people's struggle for democracy and national independence, as is shown clearly in this book …

This book is a significant contribution to commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Lambrakis … Its message is the need for constant vigilance and struggle in the cause of peace, which is fragile in our region, especially at the crucial geopolitical crossroads of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, as shown by the tragic carnage in Syria.'

Panos Trigazis is SYRIZA's co-ordinator for international relations and peace, a leading member of the European Network for Peace and Human Rights, and president of the Observatory of International Organisations and Globalisation (PADOP).

Price: £11.99

100 pages illustrated
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8332


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Problems of NATO</span>Problems of NATO
The Spokesman 124
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial
Zhores and Roy Medvedev - Ukraine and Crimea
Russ Bellant and Paul H Rosenberg - Secret Ukraine
Victoria Nuland and Geoffrey Pyatt - Biden's Willing
John Pilger - The Strangelove Effect
Catherine Ashton and Urmas Paet - Whose snipers in Kiev?
Jeremy Corbyn MP - Problems of NATO
Moazzam Begg - Why they took my passport
Tony Benn - I am no historian
Alexis Tsipras MP - Another Europe
John Markakis - Whither Greece?
Bruce Kent - War against War
Ian Fairlie - UK Energy Policy?
Tony Simpson - END revisited
Keith Howden - Let this Frame Stand


John Gittings - World War One Watch

Price: £6.00

124 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 834 9


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>WAR against WAR!</span>WAR against WAR!
By Ernst Friedrich
Foreword by Bruce Kent

Originally published in Germany on 1st May 1924, this classic pictorial record of the First World War has long been hard to obtain.

'War Against War! is one of the most shocking books I have ever seen. As much a series of photographs as a book, it first appeared in 1924, the work of Ernst Friedrich, an anarchist, socialist, internationalist and peace worker.

Friedrich's aim was to make people understand what war actually means, and the horrors it inflicts on people and, indeed, on animals. Gruesome are the photos of maimed men with their faces blown half away. How did those wretched war victims get through the rest of their lives? Hidden in some home? We do not even know their nationalities: just human beings who went through the horrors of a war which should never have been fought.'
Bruce Kent

Cover: Ernst Friedrich addresses German soldiers in Berlin's Siegesallee, calling them to revolution.

In August 2011, the photographer Craig Ritchie wrote an article about WAR against WAR!, he says: 'The German pacifist anarchist, Ernst Friedrich, ... produced one of the first (and arguably, still the best) photographic attempts at scrutinising warfare in his seminal photobook, WAR against WAR! Since its publication in 1924 there have been as many as a million copies in circulation, translated into forty languages.'

For the full article visit:

Gabriel Carlyle - Peace News, August 2014

Steve Andrew - Morning Star, 4 August 2014

Paul Mason - The Guardian, 23 Nov 2014

Price: £9.99

248 pages | Paperback
200 b/w photos and drawings from the First World War
Commentary in four languages
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8318


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Tata Madiba</span>Tata Madiba
Spokesman 123
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial
Beverley Naidoo - In search of Neil Aggett
Nelson Mandela - The Long Walk
Taha Muhammad ’Ali - Never in his Life
Marwan Barghouthi - Unconquerable Soul
Abdullah Öcalan - A comrade in Mandela
Leonard Weiss - The South Atlantic Flash
Michael Barratt Brown - Kuapa Kokoo
Caroline Lucas MP - The cracks in fracking
Gayle Kinkead - Refusing to pay for war
Panos Trigazis - Europe Rebuilt
Che Qianzi - Chinese Pinyin
Grayson Perry - Taste and Democracy
Ayse Berktay - Speaking Freely


Price: £6.00

114 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 830 1


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>The Middle East free of WMD?</span>The Middle East free of WMD?
Spokesman 122
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial
Conflicts Forum - Syria: A point of change?
Sergei Lavrov - Russia's view
Tony Simpson - From chemical to nuclear
Chelsea Manning - Remember your humanity
K. J. Noh - Oppose this base
Alex Farquharson & Ralph E. Lapp - Aquatopians
Bertrand Russell & Ralph Miliband - Anecdotage
Abi Rhodes - Ayse Berktay
Trevor Griffiths - Umkhonto
Tony Simpson - Crossing Derry
Martin McGuinness MLA - Peace needs partnership


Price: £6.00

102 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8288


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Seekers: A Twentieth Century Life</span>Seekers: A Twentieth Century Life
Memories of People and Places, 1918-2013
By Michael Barratt Brown

Michael Barratt Brown sets each chapter of his long and eventful life, from the 1920s to 2013, within the frame of world events. Thus, after childhood and youth, at the end of one world war and the start of another, he writes about his service in a Quaker Ambulance Unit. There followed work for the United Nations and, subsequently, in documentary films, in workers' education, in industrial democracy, in socialist economics, in resisting nuclear warfare, in honest academic research, and in Fair Trade among co-operative organisations. In so doing, the author recalls something of the places, people, family and friends with whom he has been seeking to find a way to live a decent life, and to help others to do the same. Not always successful in these endeavours, he has nevertheless found wonderful love and friendships, as Seekers makes clear. The struggle goes on.

A courageous and exhilarating book, Michael Barratt Brown provides a remarkably honest narrative of his struggles both to live a good life on his own account and to improve the lot of others 'from below upwards' through his work in adult education and Fair Trade. Michael seems to have known almost everyone who mattered. As a child in 1930, he sat on Gandhi's knee. The stories of his loves and friendships give the reader a fascinating insight into the networks of the 20th century intellectual Left.
Biographer and cultural historian

Michael Barratt Brown brings alive the struggles for socialism, and for peace and justice, in the 20th century with fascinating and sometimes very funny stories of everyone that a 21st century radical socialist would want to meet, plus a few that you will be glad to have missed! As important is that, through his stories and reflections, Michael conveys powerfully the potential of a transformative, radically democratic and feminist tradition which has long existed on the Left across Europe. During much of Michael's amazing life, this tradition was marginalised. We need to draw on it now to inspire the alternatives that are so urgent today. So Seekers is a valuable resource as well as a riveting read.
Red Pepper co-editor
Fellow of the Transnational Institute, Amsterdam

John Field - Vol 33(4) of International Journal of Lifelong Education

Price: £18.95

220 pages | 80 illustrations
ISBN: 978 0 85124 825 7
Published Oct 2013


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Great Democrats</span>Great Democrats
Edited by Alfred Barratt Brown

Long out of print, this new edition of Great Democrats restores to new generations a seminal work in the struggle against the rise of fascism in Europe during the 1930s.

'There are great men who have also been Democrats, but the figures chosen for these pages are principally those of men and women who have been great as Democrats - great, that is to say, either in the extent to which they embodied in their lives and characters the democratic temper and attitude to mankind, or in the measure of their contribution to the democratic movement.'
Alfred Barratt Brown in his Preface, 1934

'For an historian the Contents page of Alfred Barratt Brown's book is exciting enough, particularly when combined with 1934, its date of publication. How is it possible not to plunge straight into Frances Evelyn Countess of Warwick on Joseph Arch? … And then there is Henry Nevinson on Edward Carpenter, Katherine Bruce Glasier on Keir Hardie, Oliver Baldwin on William Morris … The imaginative author-subject couplings will whet any appetite. G.D.H. Cole on William Cobbett; Ray Strachey (novelist and author of the classic The Cause: a short history of the Women's Movement in Great Britain, 1928) on Millicent Fawcett … Bertrand Russell on Thomas Paine … '
Stephen Yeo in his Foreword, 2013

' … the whole purpose of my father's book was to respond to the current rise to power of the dictatorships and, most particularly, of Hitler … and to recognise that Democracy, and being a Great Democrat, is not just about embracing a form of government, but a principle of government, espousing the triad of liberty, equality and fraternity.'
Michael Barratt Brown in his Introduction, 2013

Reviewed by Anthony Arblaster in Red Pepper - March 2014

Price: £24.95

724 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 0 85124 827 1
Published Sept 2013


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Unruly Dog</span>Unruly Dog
Spokesman 121
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial
Edward Snowden - Against the Public Interest
William Hague MP et al - Don't be vague
Sylvie Guillaume MEP and Jan Philipp Albrecht MEP - Prism and GCHQ
Tony Simpson - 'A dog in this fight'
Lawrence Ferlinghetti - 'Dog'
Bruce Gagnon - The Kill Chain
E P Thompson - Prayer for the Year's Turning
The Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation Fifty Years On
Bertrand Russell - Must hate and death return?
Bertrand Russell - Appeal to the American Conscience
Ken Coates - Bertrand Russell and Industrial Democracy
Peggy Duff - CND and Greece
Tony Simpson - Peace in our way
Vicki Sentas - Peace in Kurdistan?


Price: £6.00

104 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 085124 8264


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Safe at work?</span>Safe at work?
Ramazzini versus the attack on health and safety

By Dave Putson
With an introduction by Mark Serwotka

'This is an important time to write the history of health and safety in the UK, given the near derision that the term now evokes in the media and from the Government. What Dave Putson demonstrates in writing this book is that health and safety, far from being the product of a more litigious society or the political agenda of overbearing bureaucrats, is rooted in human need, protecting people.

This book describes how, over the last 300 years, an evolving body of surveys, research, legal challenges and often tragic experiences led to an emergence of, at first, quite limited protections. Some of these histories will be familiar to the reader, like the match girls and 'phossy jaw', but others, like the seminal legal case of Priestley vs Fowler, are not. What the varied and fascinating histories indicate is that health and safety evolved to improve not only the workplace, but also our homes, our communities, our roads, our waterways, and public and environmental health ...

Today, there are desperate attempts to reverse those gains. Our Prime Minister echoes the worst of the 19th century's irresponsible industrialists when he says health and safety is an 'albatross around the neck of British businesses'. The burden to take reasonable and practical steps to ensure workers can come home at night is what Cameron objects to when he says he wants to "kill off the health and safety culture for good". Despite this supposedly rampant culture, the HSE records that around 175 people died in 2011/12 from injuries sustained at work while, according to the Hazards campaign, up to 50,000 die each year from work-related illnesses, including 6,000 from occupational cancers.

Workers only got these rights and protections because they organised and fought for them. It is a depressing but familiar tale of history that, today, we need to fight those same battles again. I hope you enjoy reading this detailed, fascinating and engaging history as much as I did. But most importantly, I hope it inspires you to think and to act.'

Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, from his introduction

Dave Putson is a trade union health and safety representative in the London Courts.

WEA London Region Newsletter - Issue 4

A review by the Bookmarks Socialist Bookshop

ASLEF Journal - June 2013

'Seeing the increasing attacks on health and safety and "red tape" by this Tory led government and the support from the right wing media, I would like to recommend a book recently published by Spokesman titled Safe at work? written by Dave Putson who is a union health and safety representative in the London Courts.This details theuphill struggle over the last 300 hundred years for safer practices in the workplace. I believe this is essential reading for all health and safety representatives and indeed anyone interested in their own and other peoples well being. We should all be aware that health and safety regulations and so called "red tape" were hard won rights and should not be surrendered.'
Mr J. Randall, Bexley, Kent (UNITE member, who sent this letter to his union journal)

'I'm enjoying this book so much. I suggest you make sure it's on the stall at the Tolpuddle Rally 21st July. Salam, Shalom, Peace.'
Rev. Hazel Barkham

Price: £15.00

184 pages
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8226


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>On Palestine and Prisoners</span>On Palestine and Prisoners
Spokesman 120
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial
Mahmoud Darwish - Poem
Marwan Barghouti - This day shall come
Stéphane Hessel - Time for justice
Angela Davis - More to come
Trevor Griffiths - Sons and Lovers A ‘version’
Abdullah Öcalan - A new beginning
Ayse Berktay - I demand my acquittal
Daniel Ellsberg - Hearing Bradley Manning
Bradley Manning - Why I blew the whistle
Tony Simpson - Nottingham Contemporary


Price: £6.00

104 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8233


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Culture and Society</span>Culture and Society
by Raymond Williams

A clear new edition of Williams's classic text is long overdue. Following our acclaimed edition of The Country and the City, published in 2011, Spokesman are pleased to add Culture and Society to our list. Raymond Williams's voice resonates strongly in the new era that he anticipated in some of his later writings.

'The organising principle of this book is the discovery that the idea of culture, and the word itself in its general modern uses, came into English thinking in the period which we commonly describe as that of the Industrial Revolution. The book is an attempt to show how and why this happened. It thus becomes an account and interpretation of our responses in thought and feeling to the changes in English society since the late eighteenth century. Only in such a context can our use of the word 'culture', and the issues to which the word refers, be adequately understood.'

Raymond Williams, from his Foreword

'The idea of culture is not so much what must be learnt as the warning that there is nevertheless something to learn. That is the most general argument of Williams's classic, and one that, fifty years on, still claims us.'
Francis Mulhern, New Left Review

'Culture, I realised, was not just some decoration for the lives of an élite. The word has it origin in something that every gardener knows - the tending of natural growth. This applies to everyone, however well or badly we are tended. There is a common culture in every society.'
Michael Barratt Brown from his new Foreword

Price: £19.95

364 pages | Indexed
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8189


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>The Narrative of Peace</span>The Narrative of Peace
Spokesman 118
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Coalition Politics
John Gittings - The Narrative of Peace
Ban Ki-moon - Opportunities Lost
Sergio Duarte - Assembly Line for Disarmament
Trevor Griffiths - March Time
Ruth Lister - Social Security
Dexter Whitfield - Care and Health

Dossier - Hiroshima

Price: £6.00

156 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8202


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>The Mutation of Privatisation</span>The Mutation of Privatisation
A critical assessment of new community
and individual rights

By Dexter Whitfield

New community rights to bid, buy, build, challenge and provide are enshrined in legislation and Coalition policy. The government is also extending existing individual rights to buy and to personal budgets. Considerable sums of public money are required to implement these policies and provide technical and legal support to voluntary and community organisations to exercise these rights.

This paper examines the objectives and scope of the new community rights and proposes a typology of public sector reform rights. It highlights the fundamental conflicts between 'rights', 'choice' and 'contract' cultures and localism. It assesses the conflicts and contradictions between community and commissioning, participation and empowerment, and the impact on democratic accountability, public finance, employment, equalities, the changing role of the state and community, voluntary and non-profit organisations.

Price: £8.95

32 pages | A4 pamphlet
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8172


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Unarmed Victory</span>Unarmed Victory
The Cuban Missile Crisis Fifty Years On
By Bertrand Russell

The Cuban missile crisis of October 1962, more than any previous crisis, made the ordinary citizen suddenly aware of the ever-present danger of nuclear annihilation, and no sooner had the fright passed than it was renewed on the borders of India and China. Bertrand Russell shared these feelings, both the fright and the anger, but decided he must go on to turn concern into action. This book tells what he did in those frightening weeks, why he did it, and of the curious reception his activities had.

He asked Khrushchev not to challenge the US blockade of Cuba and Khrushchev acted as Russell had suggested that he should. This was exactly the action that the West had hoped for, but most people in the West still blamed Russell as too pro-communist because it was not by force that the result had been achieved. The same occurred in the Sino-Indian crisis. So the book contains a message of hope. Two precedents have been set for dignified and voluntary compromise in order to avoid nuclear war, and moreover the suggestions of a respected individual outside the battle were heeded. If we want a parallel we must look back to the thirteenth century, when Frederic II was quarrelling with the Pope and was ex-communicated. While ex-communicated he went on a crusade, but instead of fighting the Saracens, he negotiated with them. He secured far more than more warlike crusaders had ever been able to obtain, but he remained in bad odour with the Pope because it was wicked to negotiate with the Saracens. The analogy is very close.

David Sinclair - Tribune, May 2012

Price: £8.95

156 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8028


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Speeches by Tony Benn</span>Speeches by Tony Benn
"Political speeches delivered at public meetings are in the oldest tradition of democratic debate; and they have retained their importance in the labour movement.

They are a part of the process of mutual education by which the people discuss and learn from their own experience.

These speeches, together with some articles and memoranda written over the years, record at least as much about what I have learned as about what I have tried to expound.

Some of the views expressed do not stand up so well to the test of time. Many are now widely accepted in the movement and outside.

Political arguments tend to be most sterile when they are confined within the limits of conventional wisdom and rotate around the personalities involved in them. The most fruitful are those parallel, analytical debates, rooted in our daily experience, which offer alternative explanations of that experience and open up different perspectives for the future.

Many of the speeches reproduced in this volume were intended to be part of that broader socialist debate."

Tony Benn
London, August 1974

Available in paperback for the first time, this new edition includes an interview with the author about workers' control, the occupy movement and other political issues.

Price: £15.00

314 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 0 85124 810 3


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Let's Build the Houses - Quick!</span>Let's Build the Houses - Quick!
By Cathy Davis & Alan Wigfield

Some 4.5 million people are waiting for good quality, permanent council and association homes. In response to equally devastating shortages in 1945, Attlee's newly elected Labour Government prioritised council house-building, built to a high standard. We draw inspiration from this experience, and argue that a future government needs to emulate this achievement, prioritise high standard housing and 'build the houses - quick!'

Dr Sarah Payne - Taylor and Francis Housing Studies 2012

Eileen Short in Socialist Review, April 2012

Price: £6.00

62 pages | ISBN: 978 0 85124 8080
10th Series Number 56


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>In Place of Austerity</span>In Place of Austerity
Reconstructing the economy,
state and public services

By Dexter Whitfield

In Place of Austerity uncovers the realities of commissioning, localism, 'big society' empowerment fraud, and the systematic undermining of public services and the welfare state. It perceptively exposes the scale of disempowerment, dispossession and disinvestment, and analyses the dominant rationale, which continues to underpin the financialisation and personalisation of public services, accelerating marketisation and privatisation on an unprecedented scale.

This is a vitally important book for trade unions as well as for civil and community organisations. It provides a critical understanding of the issues and will aid their intervention in transformation and procurement of public services by forging strong alliances, taking industrial and community action, and advancing alternative policies.

In Place of Austerity sets out a framework for policies that reconstruct the economy, invest in local economies, create jobs and rebuild public infrastructure. In doing so, it charts a new role for the state and offers a radical new public service management strategy. It is an equally important resource for all public sector employees. Incisive, timely and detailed, it is original in its research and analysis.

A paper by Dexter:
A paper written for Studies in Social Services, Li Bing, Vice Professor, Department of Sociology, Beijing Administrative College, China. Social services are at the forefront of the continued neoliberal transformation of public services and the welfare state in the UK. The paper applies the In Place of Austerity framework to examine the changes in social services. Paper in English and Chinese.

Bryan Evans in Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation Volume 7, Number 1, Summer 2013

Colin Burgess in Campaign for Labour Party Democracy

Dave Putson, TUSC (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)

An article by New Left Project on G4S makes positive reference to In Place of Austerity, August 2012

William Podmore - Amazon

Andy Morton for Chartist, March/April 2012

Clive Singer for Open Democracy, Jan 2012

Nick Grant for Socialist Review, Jan 2012

A short review from IIndependent Action

Price: £18.00

264 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 085124 7939


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Changing How We Live</span>Changing How We Live
Society from the bottom up
By Robert Hinde

The shortcomings in our society need more than readjustments to our political, financial, and legal institutions. There must be a better regard for morality at every level, from individuals to government. This book explores the nature of our morality. It identifies how changes can be made so that each of us takes responsibility for looking after each other and our planet, and shows that a better society is within our power.

Robert Hinde served as an RAF pilot in World War Two before training as a biologist. He subsequently carried out research in biology and the human sciences. He has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Royal College of Psychiatry, the US National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has served as Master of St. John’s College, Cambridge. Professor Hinde has received awards for research in Anthropology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Psychiatry, Ethology, Primatology, and Zoology.

Dominic Kirkham, Sofia, Easter 2013

Price: £8.99

132 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8066


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>The Country and the City</span>The Country and the City
by Raymond Williams

A brilliant survey of English literature in terms of changing attitudes toward country and city, Raymond Williams's perceptive study reveals the shifting images and associations between these two tradtional poles of life throughout the major developmental period of English culture. The author, who was a foremost social and cultural critic, finds the English experience especially significant because of the early occurrence of the Industrial Revolution, which so decisively transformed relations between the country and the city. This new edition makes available, once again, a seminal work.

'A long, painstaking and beautiful examination of English literature in the search for shifting images of "country" and "city" through history and the often class-freighted and ahistorical meanings we give them. I challenge anyone to read his first chapter and not be eager to go on. As with Joyce and Irishness, so Williams with Welshness: two national cultural elements in my own background that have resonated within my own thought and work.' Trevor Griffiths

' ... Raymond Williams still speaks to us, at the start of the 21st century, as a roadman cutting and clearing the choked thoroughfares of our culture, a signalman indicating passable routes through the social, economic and political histories that shaped him - and us.' Stan Smith, from his new Foreword

Patrick Parrinder - EA Newsletter 200, Summer 2012
Houman Barekat - Working USA, March 2012
and Los Angeles Review of Books, August 2012.

Price: £19.95

336 pages | Indexed
ISBN: 978 0 85124 7991


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