From the monthly archives:

November 2011

By-Election Special – Feltham and Heston

November 30, 2011

The death of Alan Keen from cancer 0n 10 November has resulted in the sixth by-election of this Parliament, and the fifth for a Labour–held seat (the sixth was West Belfast).  The Coalition parties must feel blessed that none have yet to be held on their own ground. Labour has been quick to call the […]

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#340: 1972, Van Morrison, Jackie Wilson Said (I’m In Heaven When You Smile)

November 27, 2011

As Ray said yesterday, we have another theme week running, this time songs about other artists.  Somehow, I started this off with Sonic Youth’s Kool Thing.  That’ll teach me. I had thought of going down the same route as Kool Thing – picking a song slagging another off, perhaps How Do You Sleep At Night? […]

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Week 47: Villain – Danny Alexander MP

November 27, 2011

This week’s Villain of the Week Award goes to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP. This week Danny Alexander warned the Trade Union Leaders that they must show leadership and call off the strike. In a rather unsubtle threat, he stated that the offer on the table was a good one, but […]

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Week 47: Prat – Nick Clegg

November 27, 2011

This Week’s Prat of the Week is six times winner Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg This Award has come into a bit of criticism in recent weeks from our regular correspondent, Eddie Kaye.   Eddie asked why we kept giving the Award to American Presidential candidates when there are so many worthy prats on these shores.   […]

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Week 47: Hero – Alan Johnson MP

November 27, 2011

This week, our hero award goes to the Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP, for his stance on the public sector pensions strike We have been a little exasperated here at AllThatsLeft about the limp stance taken by Labour politicians on the public sector strike that is likely to go ahead on Wednesday.  Ever since Ed […]

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#339: 1977, Ian Dury And The Blockheads, Sweet Gene Vincent

November 26, 2011

Ha! So the challenge is for songs about other artists – well, how about this beauty from the wonderful pen of the wonderful Ian Dury. I have to say that when George challenged me to carry on the ‘other artists’ theme, I was struggling – then at tea time, as I was feeding the little […]

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Mr East Goes To The Movies: Snowtown

November 26, 2011

Between 1992 and 1999 in South Australia John Bunting, his sidekick, Mark Wagner and a number of their associates killed 12 people.  In most instances the victims were first subjected to a horrific ordeal of torture involving pliers, clamps, strangulation, electrodes and genital mutilation.   Some  of the bodies were eventually discovered in barrels in […]

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#338: 2001, Gillian Welch, Elvis Presley Blues

November 25, 2011

Work is absurdly busy at the moment, hence my lack of blogging this week.  It really has been overwhelming.  Long hours, very intense and absolutely knackering.  So, it was such a welcome escape on Wednesday night to go to a gig and absorb myself in something other than law.  And what a gig it was? […]

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Is there something missing at the heart of the Leveson Inquiry?

November 24, 2011

Now, I don’t know how the Leveson Inquiry is proposing to progress its investigation; I don’t know which witnesses are lined up to give evidence and the nature of that evidence; and I don’t know how the Inquiry proposes to move on from the testimony of celebrities and victims – but, over the last few […]

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North West boundary proposals round-up

November 24, 2011

To round off my series of posts on the impact of the Boundary Commission’s proposals for North West England, this is a summary piece that links all the others.  You can find the posts on individual counties here: Cheshire and Wirral Cumbria (updated projections here) Greater Manchester Lancashire Merseyside(excluding Wirral) Before we look at the changes, […]

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#337: 1990, Sonic Youth, Kool Thing

November 23, 2011

I’m a little shocked that it has taken us up to song choice number 337 before Sonic Youth have featured. Although they had been around since 1981, their sixth album Goo was the first with a major label.  George East had the poster from the album on his wall in Hackney. I hadn’t appreciated it at […]

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How do you tackle Youth Unemployment?

November 23, 2011

Well, it’s taken them a year and a half – but the coalition’s policies have led to the highest youth unemployment since 1992. Disgracefully, they have tried to blame ‘the legacy they inherited from Labour’ and the eurozone crisis – both excuses are deliberate attempts to mislead the electorate as Youth Unemployment was falling when […]

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Cumbria Boundaries revisited…

November 22, 2011

Ah-humm.  An apology! Earlier this month, I posted apiece on the Boundary Commission’s proposals for Cumbria, setting out these in some detail and then trying to calculate what the 2010 election results would have been on these boundaries.  A Brown commented that the figures for Kendal and Penrith looked a little odd, so I’ve re-run the […]

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#336: 1967, Procol Harum, A Whiter Shade Of Pale

November 22, 2011

When I was a child I looked through my mother’s record collection – most of it was classical, so I rejected that, but of the smattering of pop, she had an LP which, oddly, had been given away by The Sun in the year I was born. I remember the cover had pictures of groups […]

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Mr East Goes To The Movies: Ides of March

November 21, 2011

I had a few friends around for dinner a couple of Saturdays ago and at one point the subject of this blog came up in conversation.  ‘Mr East not going to the movies any more, then?’, I was asked.   Now the answer to that question is very much so. But the reason I haven’t been […]

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Fantasy Government: Who would be around your Cabinet Table?

November 21, 2011

Right, an hour to spare – let’s have some fun! In a bloodless and rather convivial coup involving, myself and Prince Charles, eight pints of Tsing Tao Lager and a rather agreeable Thai meal – I, Ray North, have been appointed Head of State, with the instruction to form a government of national unity to […]

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Boundary Commission Loses The Plot In Cheshire

November 21, 2011

In recent weeks, I have been posting a series on the impact of the proposed parliamentary boundary changes in the North West.  I’ve covered Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside north of the Mersey to date, leaving Cheshire and the Wirral, the subject of this post.  I’ll follow this all up with a summary post soon so you don’t […]

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#335: 1968, The Band, The Weight

November 21, 2011

Quentin Tarantino once said that he liked regularly to watch Howard Hawks’ brilliant western, Rio Bravo because he enjoyed hanging out with the characters.  The film concerns a motley crew, protecting a town jail from the springing of the brother of the local big wig bad guy, while they await the arrival of the federal marshal.  John Wayne […]

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Week 46: Prat – Herman Cain

November 20, 2011

This week’s Prat of the Week Award goes to Republican Presidential candidate – Herman ‘the Hermanator’ Cain. Fair play to ‘the Hermanator’, his campaign to become President of the USA has been crap, but his campaign to get his hands on one the coveted Allthatsleft Prat of the Week Award has been a tour de […]

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Week 46: Hero – Rio Ferdinand

November 20, 2011

This week, our hero award goes to Rio Ferdinand Rio Ferdinand’s tweets this week lambasting Sepp Blatter have been bang on the money.  In a series of tweets directly responding to Blatter, he said: “Your comments on racism are so condescending its almost laughable. If fans shout racist chants but shake our hands is that […]

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Ten Steps To Britain Leaving The EU

November 20, 2011

David Cameron has a real problem on his hands.  It is one of his own making.   In 2005 in order to shore up support on the Tory right in his leadership battle with David Davis, Cameron promised a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.   He has not delivered on that promise – using the excuse that […]

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Week 46: Villain – Sepp Blatter

November 20, 2011

This Week’s Villain of the Week is FIFA President Sepp Blatter Great progress has been made in football over the last couple of decades in dealing with racism.   It seems like another age since black footballers were routinely subjected to monkey chants in the English game, or that a player like the wonderful John Barnes […]

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#334: 1967, Stone Poneys, Different Drum

November 20, 2011

I’ve just got back home from an evening seeing George Clooney’s Ides Of March (great film – go and see it) with George East and then having a few beers and a Chinese with friends in Soho. It was an evening of coincidental meetings – almost bumping into a couple who I used to work with […]

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Top of The Pops Special: Songs To Learn and Sing Readers’ Top 50

November 19, 2011

In celebration of Allthatsleft’s first birthday which we reached last Tuesday, it is time for a run down of the overall top 50 songs that have been posted in our daily songs feature, Songs To Learn and Sing, by popularity with this  blog’s readers (well unique visits to the post, at least). I first posted […]

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A Partial Defence of Ed Miliband

November 19, 2011

Yesterday Ray North posted a heavily critical post about the Leader of the Opposition and the Labour Party.   In these times of economic crisis, where is the bold and clear leadership we so badly need, is a fair enough complaint.   There is something which reflects a deep seated insecurity about a policy which has to […]

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#333: 2009, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Heads Will Roll

November 18, 2011

I do like this band. I think I saw them supporting The Coral years ago – but i’d had a drink and I was at the bar having more drink throughout their set, so the impression they made on me was slightly blurry. Their second album, Show Your Bones, however, made an immediate impression on […]

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Where are the Labour Party?

November 18, 2011

In a week when unemployment rises to a seventeen year high; when youth unemployment rises to over a million; when growth forecasts are downgraded to 1%; when George Osborne sold off a nationalised bank for a song – where was the opposition? Where was the people’s party? One would hope that the Labour Party would […]

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#332: 1977, The Stranglers, Something Better Change

November 17, 2011

There’s been a fair few posts over the last couple of days despairing about where we find ourselves; despairing at the inability of our ideologically hidebound leaders to realise (or care) about the damage they are causing.  I was thinking about this last night after posting my piece on Allthatsleft’s first anniversary when for some […]

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Osborne’s Northern Rock Fiasco – What would Alan Sugar say?

November 17, 2011

Now I’m no entrepreneur, in fact, when it comes to making money I’m an abject failure. I think I’ve lost money on everything I’ve ever touched throughout my life. It’s got to a stage where I’ve resigned myself to shuffling off my mortal coil skint and overdrawn. I take solace in the fact that, at […]

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George Osborne and The Insanity of Austerity Revisited

November 17, 2011

Yesterday youth unemployment broke the 1,000,000 barrier for the first time since records started to be kept, in 1992.    Extraordinarily and terrifyingly Chris Grayling described this horrifying figure as a ‘distraction’.   These are the people who govern us.   Overall levels of unemployment are at levels not seen since just after the UK was expelled from […]

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