From the daily archives:

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Looking Through Eamon Gilmore’s Eyes

March 6, 2011

Eamon Gilmore, the leader of the Irish Labour Party, has had an interesting journey in politics, from Official IRA fellow traveller in the 70′s to Irish Deputy Prime Minister (Tanaiste) today.  This last step seems like a massive misjudgement for the future well-being of his party. Gilmore is in many ways an admirable figure: a […]

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#108: 1983, Billy Bragg, A New England

March 6, 2011

George and Ray seem to have been on a teenage nostalgia ’80s trip with their recent STLAS entries, and I’m not one to buck a trend. Back in December, George recounted his best gigs of the year. I went to three of the ones on his list and would agree with all of them. However, […]

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Week 9: Villain – Jeremy Hunt

March 6, 2011

Politicians are the custodians of our democracy; entrusted to ensure that the pillars of democracy remain firm so that law and social and economic policy are enacted for the people in accordance with their democratic will. The Rupert Murdoch empire Newscorp is massively powerful and hugely invasive reaching almost every part of our lives from […]

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Week 9: Hero – Mervyn King

March 6, 2011

This week’s hero is a slightly odd choice, in as much as the Governor of the Bank of England agrees with the government that rapid, brutal deficit reduction is necessary. However, he is worthy of being our hero this week for at least being honest about the reasons for the deficit. There has been a […]

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We need more red tape, not less

March 6, 2011

As well as justifying his role as salesman for UK Plc (an implicit defence of his hawking of arms to various despots around the Middle East) David Cameron in his speech today at the Conservative Spring Conference dusted down that oldest of government clichés about the need to cut red tape and to get regulators […]

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Week 9: Prat – Nick Clegg

March 6, 2011

This Week’s Prat of the Week Award goes to…Nick Clegg The Deputy Prime Minister may have led his party into a jaw droppingly awful 6th place in the Barnsley Central By-Election this week, but he is now in the clear lead this year in the Allthatsleft Prat stakes, picking up his second award.   Not everything […]

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