From the daily archives:

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

#365: 2008, Elbow, One Day Like This

December 27, 2011

I had a message from Jackie South this morning, reminding me that this was the 365th Song To Learn And Sing, and that I should make it a good one – as if we ever put anything other than quality music on our website!!! After all, for us, it was always about the music! Something […]

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In Praise Of Select Committees

December 27, 2011

I am struggling to remember one occasion in the last year when a Parliamentary debate rose above the mundane. There has been little in the way of great speeches (the performance of Steve Rotheram being a notable exception), no rebellions, the party battles have been flat and contrived, and PMQ’s have been infuriating as David […]

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West Country Boundary Changes part 1: Cornwall and Devon

December 27, 2011

Back in May, I speculated that the boundary change proposals might help the Lib Dems in Cornwall and Devon.  As part of my series reviewing the published proposals, I am revisiting those counties as the first part of my look at South West England. As a reminder, the current state of play looks* like this: […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2011: The News of the World

December 27, 2011

A little controversial, this one maybe.   But we have ended the year with James Murdoch and Rupert Murdoch still in their positions – still controlling The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun and yes Sky.   Rebekah Wade so it seems has been set up in an office for a couple of years at News International’s […]

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Sad to See You Leaving 2011: Fred Shuttlesworth and Bill Waller

December 27, 2011

2011 saw the death of two outstanding figures from the American Civil Rights era. Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth From 1956 onwards Fred Shuttlesworth (seated centre in the photo) played the role of the Birmingham, Alabama equivalent to Montgomery’s Martin Luther King.   Along with King he founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference that led the civil […]

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#364: 1992, Rage Against The Machine, Killing in the Name

December 27, 2011

George and Ray have both posted seasonal songs, so I’m following suit with the Christmas number one of two years ago. With yet another media-manufactured single (albeit not Simon Cowell sanctioned) as Christmas number one, we need to be reminded that it doesn’t have to be this way. I take my share of the blame: […]

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