As a lover and one-time amateur collector of obscure leftist publications, I was saddened to read that the curiousPartisan Review has folded.

Sam Tanenhaus in Slate finds it ironic that the Review, credited with leading some on the road from Trotskyist permanent revolution to neo-conservatist permanent regime-change, should go-under just at the time when the neo-con version of utopianism is at its peak.

America has plenty of good quality political periodicals to choose from yet the UK seems poorly served in this area and I am not sure why that is. Perhaps the Sunday papers have so much comment in them that there is no need for weeklies or monthlies? Whatever, I still reckon there is room for and a need for a good centre-left review and debate forum, especially since the New Statesman’s shift towards the hard left.