From the monthly archives:

September 2012

Week 39: Heroes – The Spanish Anti-Austerity Protestors

September 30, 2012

Our award for this Week’s Heroes are the Spanish Anti-Austerity Protestors. To give them their proper name – the Spanish Indignados have won our award for Heroism this week. Spain’s economy is well and truly fucked – it has been in recession pretty much since 2008 and unemployment is at a staggering 25%, with youth […]

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Week 39: Prat – Mitt Romney

September 30, 2012

Our award for the prat of the last seven days goes to Mitt Romney. Oh dear god, please tell us that the Republican nominee for the US presidency was only joking – as now claimed – and does have some understanding of why it wouldn’t be a good idea to be able to roll down […]

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Week 39: Villain – Boris Johnson

September 30, 2012

This week, our Villain award goes to London Mayor, Boris Johnson, as news of his cuts to the London Fire Service and Metropolitan Police Force start to leak out. Over the summer, it seemed as if Boris Johnson could do no wrong.  He wrapped himself in the Union Jack and reveled in the Olympics, and […]

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#551: 1991, Soundgarden, Jesus Christ Pose

September 28, 2012

I don’t get many freebies, but yesterday I got invited to an opening event for a friend of a friend’s curry-house. Great food, lovely people, free beer – what is not to love? Given all the chatter, it took me a while to realise that the music being played in the background was not the […]

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John Terry – why there’s no ‘double jeopardy’ in the FA’s verdict

September 28, 2012

Following his conviction by an FA disciplinary board of using abusive and insulting words on the football field, John Terry has whinged that he was disappointed with the outcome of the four day hearing, because the Magistrates Court had ‘cleared’ him and therefore it wasn’t fair that the FA had found him guilty. Some commentators […]

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More grim economic news as British Economy records largest ever Current Account Deficit

September 27, 2012

Hurrah, said George Osborne, I’ve not quite fucked the economy as much as everyone thought! Well, George may delight in the fact that the GDP had only shrunk by 0.4 rather than the original estimate 0.7% – though any smarmy jubilation by the Government for putting the country into deep and lengthy recession is entirely […]

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#550: 2012, The Killers, Runaways

September 26, 2012

By Guest Blogger – Charlie East-West It appears that Neil Young has been proved wrong. He once stated that “rock and roll will never die,” and we believed him. Only three rock songs appeared in last year’s top 100 singles, and so it now appears that the genre is expiring. Recently Paul Gambaccini claimed “It […]

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Kelvin MacKenzie: The Truth

September 26, 2012

I can’t believe it. Actually, I can believe it – I’m just rendered speechless by the sheer brazen, front of Kelvin Mackenzie. There is a common word used by Scousers for people like Kelvin Mackenzie – it’s knobhead. There are many reasons why Kelvin MacKenzie is a knobhead – and I make no apologies for […]

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#549: 1961, Dinah Washington, September In The Rain

September 25, 2012

The leaves of brown Came tumbling down, remember In September in the rain. The sun went out Just like a dying ember That September in the rain. Here’s a lovely song to mark what feels like a definite shift to autumn this week. This is our first appearance on Songs to Learn and Sing by […]

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Your Majesty: For Pity’s Sake Leave The Criminal Justice System Alone!

September 25, 2012

Early this year I received a bit of stick from my Compadres on this site for my newly found fondness for the Queen – whatever you think about the Monarchy, I suggested, you’ve got to hand it to the old bird, she’s done a good job. Well, although that might still be an arguable position […]

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Week 38: Prat – Mitt Romney

September 23, 2012

For the third time, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wins our award for the biggest prat of the last week The Mother Jones website‘s explosive video this week from a Republican fundraiser in May earns Mitt Romney his Prat of the Week hat-trick from All That’s Left.  In it, the mask comprehensively slipped from Romney’s […]

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Week 38: Hero – Mother Jones

September 23, 2012

This Week’s Allthatsleft Hero of the Week is US political magazine Mother Jones for breaking the Mitt ‘47%’ Romney story.   Last week our Prat of the Week was The Daily Telegraph for its extraordinary editorial decision to bury the Hillsborough report on page 6.   This week also sees a news publication winning one of […]

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Week 38: Villain – Andrew Mitchell

September 23, 2012

Our award for the political villain of the last seven days goes to ‘Gate-gate’ MP, Andrew Mitchell. listen to ‘Boris Johnson on swearing at police – Conservative Party Conference 2011’ on Audioboo Oh dear, no wonder that Andrew Mitchell is strenuously denying that he swore directly at the police on his way out from Number […]

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#548: 2006, The View, Superstar Tradesman

September 22, 2012

Crikey, is this song from Dundee Indie Popsters really six years old! Where has the time gone! Ah well, no point crying over, er, the passage of time. I digress. I like this song, it is a song I would have liked to have written (together with Bobby of course) before someone stole my bass […]

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Mitchell and Grayling show the true Tory colours

September 21, 2012

Two different stories, two different Cabinet Ministers – but both showed the true face of Conservatism – regressive, viciously superior and short-sighted. First up, Chris Grayling, the new Minister for Justice. This week saw the European Court of Human Rights rule on a challenge by convicted prisoners that the IPP sentences that they were serving […]

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#547: 2007, Beirut, Nantes

September 21, 2012

The last week was pretty gig intensive, with three in five days. Calexico brought their great brand of border music to London on Tuesday in a fabulous show at the Forum, supported by Portland folkie Laura Gibson.  The highlight a great cover version of Love’s Alone Again Or. Dexy‘s at the Barbican on Sunday was […]

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Mitt Romney: Six Reasons Why It’s Not Over Yet

September 20, 2012

The leaking of the video of Mitt Romney addressing a group of multi-millionaire supporters in California, in which Romney effectively wrote off almost  half the electorate as welfare scroungers must go down as one of the most spectacular own goals in any recent Presidential campaign.  In its contempt for ordinary voters, it reveals either the […]

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Oh and Nick, while you’re at it……

September 20, 2012

What a snivelling apology it was from Nick Clegg, brimming over with green biled insincerity. There was only one reason that Nick Clegg made that apology – and it has nothing to do with remorse, or an acceptance of his mistake, it was plainly and simply another shoddy attempt to save his own skin. Let’s […]

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Where’s Mitt’s 47 percent?

September 20, 2012

Mitt Romney’s gaffe about writing off 47% of the electorate because they don’t pay income tax got me digging around for figures.  As we all now know, Mitt called them “victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, to […]

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#546: 1989, Depeche Mode, Personal Jesus

September 19, 2012

I know, I really sought to stop choosing songs on the basis of archaeological discoveries.  But today, news came through that a recently fourth-century papyrus script thought to be an early gospel says “Jesus said to them, my wife”. The suggestion that Jesus was married has already got some religious nutters hot under the collar. […]

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Can Lib-Dem Left Rock Brighton?

September 19, 2012

One of the many depressing aspects of the Lib-Dem’s alliance with the Tories has been the lack of opposition from within. The back-benchers have been pretty much mute, and the rank and file has either silently and with head bowed in shame limped away or grumbled on the sidelines (the admirable exception being the Liberal […]

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Mr East Goes To The Movies: A Simple Life

September 18, 2012

I’m still in catch up mode.  My wireless connection in Greece was so bad, that I only managed to post reviews of two of the four new releases I had seen before going on holiday.   I have seen another three films since getting back, so even after this review, I am four behind again.   Bah! […]

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In a fight between the Badgers and the Farmers – I’m with the Badgers!

September 18, 2012

Back in 1991, when I, a callow and slightly oddly dressed youth first stepped foot into the House of Commons to start my first day as a Political Researcher (I always called myself that, in the vain hope that it would attract girls) – I was handed an Order Paper and invited to leaf through […]

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#545: 2012, Family Of The Year, St Croix

September 17, 2012

It’s going to have to be another quick one – this time some indie-pop-rock-nonsense, to help keep spirits high. The band are based in California although I read that two of them are brothers born in Wales. No offence to the magnificent country (and to Ray), but looking at the video I think I can […]

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Great news for lazy blokes

September 17, 2012

Today, Michael Gove and Nick Clegg skipped hand-in-hand to school to announce the death of GCSEs.  No more coursework, instead the replacement will rely solely on final exams. I was in the last but one cohort to take O-levels.  As a bright but fairly lazy kid, O-levels were made for me: do the minimum work […]

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Guide to the US elections #4: The West

September 16, 2012

For the final post in our series running through how each of the US states are likely to vote in November, we take a look at the West. In 2008, the West and the Midwest both had 124 votes (EVs) in electoral college.  But as the Midwest has lost EVs this time around, the West’s […]

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Week 37: Hero – Hillsborough Justice Campaign

September 16, 2012

This week, our award for the greatest heroes of the last seven days goes to the Hillsborough Justice Campaign After 23 years, the truth about that horrific day in April 1989 has finally become clear this week.  The report from the Hillsborough Independent Panel and the Prime Minister’s statement this week finally put the record […]

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Week 37: Prat – The Daily Telegraph

September 16, 2012

This Week’s Prat of the Week is the Daily Telegraph And we make no apologies for the rather clunking grammar that proclaims the Daily Telegraph a Prat – because, frankly, they are. At University, we had a lot of lecturers who were deeply in love with themselves and I’ll never forget when one of them […]

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Week 37: Villain – Mitt Romney

September 16, 2012

This Week’s Villain of the Week goes to Republican Presidential hopeful for his sickening reaction to the attacks on the US embassies in Libya and Egypt, and the killing of the US ambassador to Libya The on-going attacks on western embassies across the Middle East, sparked by an anti-Islamic film, Innocence of Muslims, posted on […]

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#544: 1970, Nick Drake, Hazy Jane I

September 15, 2012

I leave my house, close the door on the family and step into the gentle warmth of the night, I want to think Pub things, football, and banter and girls and what the Mrs did and how good it used to be when…. but I can’t, my mind is still taut like pulled elastic band, […]

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