#1040: 1993, Senseless Things, Primary Instinct

by Bobby_West on August 25, 2015

I felt like something a bit noisier today, so how about this slice of early 90s indie-punk pop.

Strong guitar riff, big bass, nice hooks,  and a healthy anti-racism message. What’s not to like!? Used to love it back in the day.

The UK’s answer to Nirvana, or something like that…

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Week 34: Prat – Jeremy Corbyn

by Ray_North on August 25, 2015

prat_iconThis week’s Prat is the Labour Leadership Candidate and MP for Islington North, Jeremy Corbyn.

Yes Jeremy, you may be the poster boy of the left, you may be the people’s champion, you may or not be the most invigorating positive force that British politics has seen for a generation, but if you are to become leader of the Labour party, you are going to have to cut out the moments of pratishness.

Like last week.

Throughout this campaign, Corbyn’s been dogged by allegations that he has befriended and supported various wide eyed lunatics from the extremes of various debates. Personally, I’m fairly relaxed about this – until last month it was his role in life to engender debate and allow certain people to have a say that they otherwise would have been denied.

He fulfilled that role perfectly properly.

However, now things have changed for Corbyn and he can’t have it both ways – he can’t put himself forward as the honest and unspun voice of the people and conveniently forget that he has, in his time, shared a platform with a number of rather unsavoury characters.

Last week, Corbyn appeared on a phone in for Radio 4, during which he was asked if he had ever shared a platform with the Lebanese extremist and anti-semite Dyab About Jahjah, his answer was an emphatic: ‘I’ve never heard of him.’ (before, to be fair, he made a very impassioned rejection of any suggestion that he was anti-semitic). Corbyn is not so green to realise that the good people of the BBC don’t ask questions like this unless they’ve got a bit more than just hearsay or idle speculation, and lo and behold, an hour or so later, there it was, the photograph of Corbyn and Jahjah on the same stage.

Now, in my opinion the idea that Corbyn is an extremist or anti-semite is risible, but, he is a bit of a prat, because, given the position he is now in, and the possibility that he might in the next few weeks, become the leader of the opposition, he can’t issue blanket denials willy-nilly and hope that an issue will go away – if Corbyn is to be taken seriously, he’s got to do away with the prattery, fess up to some of his past stupidity and accept that, actually, in the process of being a ‘professional lefty’ over the last two decades, he has shared various stages with all manner of people he probably should have stayed away from.

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Week 34: Villain – Islamic State

August 23, 2015

This week, Islamic State thoroughly deserves our regular award for the greatest villain of the last seven days All Khaled al-Asaad was doing was his job, to safeguard the legacy of Palmyra, one of the world’s cultural wonders that dates back at least four thousand years. Ever since Islamic State took over these historic ruins […]

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Week 34: Hero – Usain Bolt

August 23, 2015

Our hero award goes to Usain Bolt for winning the 100m at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing and defeating the twice banned drugs cheat, Justin Gatlin, by one hundredth of a second. Muhammad Ali beat George Foreman with rope-a-dope. Usain Bolt beat Justin Gatlin with rope-a-doper. Usain Bolt is often compared to Muhammad Ali […]

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Labour leadership: some reflections and analysis

August 22, 2015

I’ve been in Washington DC for a couple of days. Halfway between Capitol Hill and the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue is the monumental old Post Office building, its tower a Washington landmark. The Postal Service sold it a few years ago to a certain hotel chain. The hoarding outside announces the process of the […]

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Week 33: Prat – Jose Mourinho

August 18, 2015

This week’s Prat of the Week award goes to the ‘Special One’Jose Mourinho. Special one, my arse. I have to admit that I have a fairly mixed opinion of Jose Mourinho, on one hand, you can’t but respect what he has achieved in football, but on the other, he does seem to personify much that […]

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Week 33: Heroes – Cuba and USA

August 17, 2015

This week, the governments of Cuba and the USA jointly win our regular Hero award for their historic decision to reopen their respective embassies I’m in the United States at the moment: a country I have visited many times and love. Another American country I’ve been too and love is Cuba. But for the last […]

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Labour and Corbyn: Some Barely Palatable Truths (for both sides)

August 16, 2015

When Ed Miliband resigned as Leader of the Labour Party, I don’t think that anyone would have predicted that the election to succeed him would have proved to be such a fascinating and divisive contest. But, love him or loathe him, tolerate them or detest them, the surge of Corbyn and travails of Burnham, Cooper […]

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Why a Corbyn-led Left Wing Labour Could Win in 2020

August 14, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn, on current polling, is on course to win Labour’s leadership campaign. The latest polling has him 32% ahead of his rivals. This is staggering stuff. But, something more than just a new wave protest movement is rumbling on behind all of this. There are a number of factors behind this – ranging from […]

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Corbyn: Hero or Disaster?

August 12, 2015

It’s fair to say that the Labour leadership contest has caused some sharp differences of opinion among the All That’s Left team. We thought about each of us writing a separate piece for the blog but instead we’ve decided to go for full disclosure, Hilary Clinton style, with publication of our recent private email exchanges […]

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#1039: 1978, The Stranglers, 5 Minutes

August 11, 2015

Fancy some angry music? Ok. You can have a bit of The Stranglers. The Stranglers were the ultimate outsiders – their music is fast, bass driven and bloody aggressive. There was a genuine aura of danger with this lot. Both in terms of look and a totally unique sound. 5 Minutes was released in 1978 […]

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The forgotten strike

August 11, 2015

Last week tube workers on London went on strike for 24 hours – I wasn’t in London at the time, but judging by the hyperbolic coverage on the news it sounded as though poor Londoners had actually been forced to put shards of glass in their eyes, rather than simply overcome the problem for one […]

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#1038: 1976, The Runaways, Cherry Bomb

August 10, 2015

Time for a bit of female rocking out with dashings of ‘tude from proto-punks The Runaways. A nice bunch of women who you rather expect might have stuck a stiletto heel into Donald Trump’s bollocks if he had tried to make similar comments about them to those he used about Megyn Kelly. Times may have […]

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Week 32: Villain – Donald Trump

August 10, 2015

This week, our regular award for villainous behaviour goes to US presidential wannabe Donald Trump We had a rigorous debate this week at the All That’s Left board – is Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump a villain or a prat? The case for prattishness is a strong one: the outlandish statements, the brutishly simplistic politics. […]

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Week 32: Prat – The Labour Party (well at least the leadership)

August 10, 2015

Yes, this week’s Prats are the Labour Party Hierarchy Why? Well, it’s this, at a special conference a year or so ago, they endorsed the proposal to allow people to join the Labour Party for £3 and then vote in any subsequent ballots regarding the election of leader. At the time, many, including Jeremy Corbyn, […]

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Week 32: Hero – Stuart Broad & England Cricket Team

August 9, 2015

Our hero of the week award goes to Stuart Broad for his Ashes winning heroics and the England Cricket team for managing to rebuild a winning cricket team just 18 months after a 5-0 Ashes drubbing in Australia. Bonkers. Utterly bonkers. On Thursday morning, in the space of an hour, England had bowled out Australia […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #66: 1973, The Offence (Sidney Lumet)

August 8, 2015

Kenneth Baxter: ‘Nothing I have done can be half as bad as the thoughts in your head’ Here at allthastleft a couple of days back we had a bit of discussion about Bond films (none have featured in the Cine-East Film Club yet, but at least a handful are worthy of consideration for the future).   […]

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Back of the Net Special: The New Season

August 8, 2015

Is it really that time again? The suncream has barely been put back into the drawer, the sound of leather on willow can still be heard from he village green and the kids are still hanging round the park drinking lager until they’re made to go back to school – but, it back again, the […]

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#1037: 1980, Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark, Enola Gay

August 6, 2015

70 years ago today, the Americans dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. In doing so they killed between 90,000 and 166,000 people. That’s men, women and children. I’ve been listening to those who justify that act on various news and radio programmes today. It ended the war, they tell us, it saved lives, they say. […]

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The Great British Bake Off: A place where good taste buds go to die

August 5, 2015

It’s back. The Great British Bake Off returns to our screens tonight. God help us. Pass the self raising flour and Union Jack bunting. Ok, I admit it – I absolutely hate The Great British Bake Off. Millions of people across the country will be glued to their television screens at 8pm tonight on BBC1 […]

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The Corbyn Conundrum

August 4, 2015

I go away for two weeks to Greece and when I come back Cilla Black is no longer with us, and Jeremy Corbyn is about to be elected leader of the Labour Party. I have to confess that I saw neither of those things coming. Putting Cilla aside. Let’s look at Corbyn, because his surge […]

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Week 31: Prat – Lord Sewell

August 3, 2015

Last Week’s Prat of the Week Award goes to now former member of the House of Lords, Lord Sewell If you are deputy speaker of the House of Lords and Chairman of its standards committee it is probably not the greatest idea to spend your time snorting cocaine with £200 per hour prostitutes while wearing […]

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Week 31: Hero – Chris Froome

August 2, 2015

Our hero of the week award goes to Chris Froome for winning a second Tour de France and stoically enduring the brutalities of the Tour and the constant sniping and skulduggery of the French cycling fraternity. It must really hurt the French. They haven’t seen one of their own win the Tour de France for […]

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Week 31: Villain – David Cameron

August 2, 2015

Yep, this week’s villain, once again, is the Prime Minister, David Cameron. Why this time? ‘Swarm of immigrants’ – that’s why. Swarm. Swarm is a derisory word. Swarm is a black cloud of locusts coming to eat your crops, swarm is infection of bees or wasps – swarm is scary, swarm is something to be […]

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Allthatsleft Book Club #15: Harper Lee, Go Set A Watchman

August 1, 2015

I managed to avoid most of the reviews of this book – a sequel (in case you didn’t know, but, of course you did), to the wonderful To Kill A Mockingbird – instead saving it as a treat to myself to be purchased at the airport and read on a sun lounger in Greece during […]

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#1036: 1986, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Some Candy Talking

July 31, 2015

A few weekends back Jackie South and I went to see the Jesus and Mary Chain at the Roundhouse performing their seminal 1985 debut album Psychocandy.   The Reid brothers (particularly William) are a bit larger around the waste from their heroin-skinniness back in the day and the drum set up is more than pre-Primals Bobby […]

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Week 30: Prat – The Parliamentary Labour Party

July 31, 2015

The very belated Prat Award for Last Week goes to the Parliamentary Labour Party My my it has been a busy time – hence the lateness of this post, but better late than never… Oh dear. George Osborne sets a trap with the reduction in the benefits cap and sadly but predictably the Labour Party […]

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The Political Battle Between Principles and Power

July 27, 2015

What would you rather have? A political party in opposition that believes in something or a political party in government that believes in nothing? For me – principles must come first, ideally then followed by power. We have seen too many political parties completely ignoring principles for power. The current surge towards Jeremy Corbyn in […]

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Week 30: Villain – George Osborne

July 26, 2015

George Osborne is a political villain. He could realistically make a credible claim to win this award every week. But, after proposing up to 40% in government departmental spending cuts, he has once again romped away with this infamous award. George Osborne is a clever villain. For all of his political skulduggery and win at […]

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Week 30: Hero – the 48 Labour Rebels

July 26, 2015

This week, our regular Hero award is bestowed on the 48 Labour MPs who broke the party whip on Monday How ever you look at it, the Parliamentary Labour Party screwed up massively last Monday in its decision to abstain on the first reading of the government’s Welfare and Work Bill, instigating an eye-watering £12bn […]

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