From the daily archives:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

#287: 1970, Toots & The Maytals, Pressure Drop

September 20, 2011

Ray’s last pick, the Bee Gees’ superlative Stayin’ Alive was only the second classic disco track to feature in Songs To Learn and Sing (Donna Summer’s Love To Love You Baby is the other). Another sadly under-represented musical style is reggae.  Although there has been some slight (but unnecessary) defensiveness about the disco posts, a […]

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Lib Dem Conference Special – Bullshit Detector #1: The Polling Recovery

September 20, 2011

As Ray North noted yesterday there has been an extraordinary air of self-satisfaction and complacency on display at the Lib Dem conference.   A blinkered determination by Ministers, MPs and delegates alike to only hear what they want to hear, and a very unliberal jumping down the throat of anyone who dares to express a view […]

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Lib-Dem Conference Special – some tips for Nick Clegg’s Speech

September 20, 2011

Back in the early 1990’s, I drafted a speech for Paddy Ashdown on the issue of unemployment. I remember being petrified as I tentatively handed it to the great captain, whom promptly read the first two paragraphs, before scrunching up his eyes until they became non-existent, looking beyond me at some spectral image that must […]

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