From the daily archives:

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Danish Elections 2011: The Continued Crisis for European Social Democracy

September 18, 2011

Now, you might think that the title of this article is a tad downbeat given that the Danes are our Heroes of the Week and  that in the election of Helle Thorning-Schmidt as Prime Minister the left has had a rare victory in Europe.   As I have discussed before on these pages the European left […]

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#285: 1977, The Bee Gees, Stayin’ Alive

September 18, 2011

For the last in our series of New York songs, I have chosen a disco classic by a much mocked, band of brothers who were born in the Isle of Man and grew up in Australia. I love this song, which I realise is a statement that won’t win me a great deal of credibility […]

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Week 37: Hero – The Danes

September 18, 2011

Our Hero of the Week award this week goes to the Danes, who elected a new government this week It won’t have escaped your notice that elections have not been kind to parties of the left of late.  At the start of the century, the four largest European economies – Britain, Germany, France and Italy […]

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Week 37: Villains – Bankers

September 18, 2011

This weeks Villain’s of the Week award goes to Bankers. This week has seen UBS trader, Kweku Adoboli, lose up to £2.3 after allegedly illegal trading, false accounting and fraud. Rather than just give Mr Adoboli the award for the week’s greatest piece of villainy, we decided to award bankers per se. You see, Mr […]

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Week 37: Prat – Johann Hari

September 18, 2011

This week’s Prat of the Week is (former) Independent columnist….Johann Hari It has been rumbling on for months now.   First, there were the reports around the blogosphere, particularly the right of centre blogosphere pointing out the remarkable coincidences between the content of interviews published by Independent columnist, Johann Hari, and other published works by his […]

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