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The Social Review Podcast Episode 5: Monopolies, Patriarchy and Everything In Between

Jasper and Eugenie discuss the role of patriarchy in politics in light of the Mark Field video and the row between Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds. TSR writer Will Anderson explores Disney’s dominance and the re-emergence of Hollywood monopolies. Plus, Henry joins to answer questions on Steve Bannon and superheroes. iTunes link RSS Feed Host: Jasper (@jasper_ch) Panel: Eugenie (@meemstd) Henry (@owlsanctuarist)…

Break Up Disney

Following its recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company has cemented its place as one of the largest entertainment companies on the planet. From The Simpsons to Star Wars, chances are that in the last few days you’ve watched, read, or listened to something that Disney owns. This follows a worrying trend of media being concentrated in the hands…

Statement on Chris Williamson

The Social Review represents a wide range of factions within the Labour Party. Our writers and contributors are drawn from various traditions. As a result, we have never taken an editorial stance – this was a key commitment in our Mission Statement. In the case of Chris Williamson’s recent readmission to the party, the editorial team feel that this is no longer…

Sajid Javid, Racism and the Conservative Party

As a rule, I really don’t like Sajid Javid. He arguably hasn’t held a strong enough line against Islamophobia in the Conservative Party, denying the lived experience of many of his fellow party members and others in the Muslim community. Although he congratulated Sadiq Khan on his victory, he did not speak up against Zac Goldsmith’s disgraceful Islamophobic campaign against Khan, and…

Teacher Burnout

When you were at school, did you ever see a teacher cry? If you did, I am certain you remember it well. Teachers can appear monolithic, distant figures in our memory – we blithely talk about this good teacher, this bad teacher, this teacher who hated me, but those moments when the cracks show can be deeply affecting. We all know teachers,…

A Steel Spine for Ed Miliband

If Ed Miliband did not have a past, then he would surely have a future.  If the non-Corbyn left had to come up with a politician for leader post-Corbyn, it would probably look a lot like him. Ever since his electoral defeat in 2015, the former Labour leader has proved himself to be an interesting, engaging, empathetic man: quoting Gramsci at Rory…

Dan Didn’t Start The Fire

If you’ve held more than a passing interest in British vloggers in the past ten years, you’ve probably heard of Dan Howell. Since 2009, the now 27-year-old from Wokingham has been uploading videos to his YouTube channel,  formerly titled “danisnotonfire”, which now has over 6.5 million subscribers. Between 2013 and 2016 he also jointly presented a show on BBC Radio 1 with…

Parliament, Maternity Leave and the Dehumanisation of Female MPs

Parliament is an institution that attracts deep disdain. It is home to a political class hated by its people. It is also a workplace. It is an archaic workplace. Its workers are all points of derision. Protesters crowd outside everyday on Parliament Square to wave placards that read ‘Parliament versus the People’. These protesters will yell at any parliamentarians they identify, who…