Book review / Lessons from the life of a northern England town – On Burnley Road by Mike Makin-Waite

Arts / The place of art in the left’s post-Covid strategy – Calum Baird offers a musician’s view

Book review / A Marxist for the 21st century – Antonio Gramsci: A Biography by Andrew Pearmain

Politics / From hustle to jostle: Gramsci in the culture wars – Andrew Pearmain on identity politics and the denial of commonality

Politics / Simon Barrow asks Where stands the left in the SNP?

Politics / Transforming toxic power relations (Part 1) and (Part 2) – Relational politics by Eva Schonveld and Justin Kenrick

Book review / Imagining a better world – Another Now: Dispatches from an Alternative Present by Yanis Varoufakis

History / An extract from Lesley Riddoch’s new book Huts, a place beyond

The economic fall-out from Covid-19 assessed by David Purdy

Erik Cramb dons The Hat and ponders the relative value of people’s jobs in the time of covid-19

Religion / Stuart Kelly argues Why Scotland should be proud of the Church of Scotland / plus discussion

Tim Haigh /

Radio gaga

Tim looks to the airwaves for a little light relief

Book review / How to Be an Anti-capitalist in the 21st Century

Erik Olin Wright’s swansong offers tools for understanding what is wrong with capitalism and whether alternatives are viable and achievable

Arts / Alex. Wood writes on Ian Rankin’s Edinburgh

Observing the working class and the real exercisers of power

Jim Gilchrist reflects on anniversaries as The Hat

Arts / Alexander Moffat on Painting Alasdair Gray

Eurig Scandrett / Sketches from a small world

Arts / Declarations from Scottish PEN

Jenni Calder on the marking of seven hundred years from Scotland’s historic Declaration of Arbroath