From the daily archives:

Friday, December 3, 2010

#18: 1986, The Smiths, There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

December 3, 2010

By the time I got to work this morning, I had a really clear idea of what my entry for Songs To Learn and Sing was to be today. And then I heard this piece of news and changed my mind. Johnny Marr has finally got fed up of David Cameron trying to look like […]

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Theresa May, please, watch The Wire

December 3, 2010

Anyone who has ever watched the superb American drama The Wire, knows two things: one, that the best wakes are those held in honour of dead Baltimore cops; and two, directly elected Police Commissioners do absolutely nothing to assist in the process of effective law enforcement. One of the enduring themes of this fantastic show […]

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Labour’s Bad Day in the Courts: It’s Grim Up North

December 3, 2010

A bad news day for Labour in the courts. First Phil Woolas MP (Member of Parliament for Oldham East and Saddleworth and, rather unwisely, Ed Miliband’s first choice for shadow immigration minister) lost his attempt to appeal against the courts removing him from Parliament for maliciously lying about his rival in the General Election. Then, […]

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One Vote to the En-ger-land

December 3, 2010

Two votes, we are told, is all that England’s bid to host the 2018 world cup was able to muster.  That is three fewer than it managed in its half-arsed bid for the 2006 tournament.  In reality the bid managed to attract one vote – even the Russians employing the most persuasive methods at their […]

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The Fundamental Decency of Gordon Brown

December 3, 2010

He is certainly not going to go down in history as one of the great Prime Ministers – he was no Winston Churchill: the election that never was, the 10p tax rate, the end of boom and bust, the Parliamentary expenses scandal.  While he was in No 10 the list of policy disasters and political […]

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