From the daily archives:

Monday, August 8, 2011

#251: 1977, The Sex Pistols, Pretty Vacant

August 8, 2011

Two weeks ago. Me: Guv, I’m off on holiday for a couple of weeks. George: Ok, just as long as you carry on blogging mind. Me: Of course, you know that Allthatsleft means everything to me. Oh, hold on…… (muffled conversation) George, Mrs North says that if I go near my laptop whilst we’re on […]

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Very Poor Indeed: Why Is Anyone Paying Attention To The Ratings Agencies?

August 8, 2011

Does anyone else get the feeling that Standard and Poor’s are just a little teensy weensy bit desperate to be in the spotlight?   That there is something about their downgrade of US debt at the weekend that smacks of self-publicity and a desire to be a big player in international economic policy.   That the poor […]

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Debate the death penalty!? Oh, come on!

August 8, 2011

Whilst on my holidays, I phoned home to check whether my goldfish had been fed and casually asked the goldfish loving member of my family whether there was any news – ‘nothing really,’ he said, ‘oh, but Guido Fawkes and the Daily Mail are trying to raise a petition to get the House of Commons […]

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What caused the Tottenham riots?

August 8, 2011

Sadly, the news that parts of North London had seen an outbreak of rioting came as no great surprise. The ingredients were all there: high unemployment (particularly amongst young black males), a reduction in the investment into the area and a breakdown in relations between the local community and the police; throw in the fact […]

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Off The Rails #2: Democrats and Republicans unite to trash S&P

August 8, 2011

After a morning in the Art Institute of Chicago, this afternoon has been taken up travelling by train to Minneapolis. I’m making the most of it as my travelling in the next week takes the far less comfortable form of coaches across the Great Plains and Rockies. If Kerouac’s On The Road is often an […]

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Week 31: Prat – Barack Obama

August 8, 2011

President Barack Obama wins our Prat of the Week award. To some extent, this award might be a little harsh as a judgment on his week. But it is the journey that got us here that earns the President of the United States this award. He seems to have completely under-estimated how determined and indeed […]

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