From the monthly archives:

November 2012

#585: 1948, John Lee Hooker, Boogie Chillen

November 30, 2012

This song puts two things right.  Firstly, we have only had one song so far from the 1940s, Woody Guthrie’s monumental socialist folk classic, This Land Is Your Land.  Secondly, we have had no songs from blues legend, John Lee Hooker, whose rhythmic guitar technique is perhaps the most distinctive of all the blues greats. […]

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Leveson Inquiry: What Did The Newspapers Expect?

November 30, 2012

The response by the press to the recommendation in the Leveson Report that there should be a statutorily based independent regulator, has ranged from the outright hostile – Daily Mail, ‘Leveson would end 300 years of free press’, to the mildly hostile – Guardian ‘many in the press will disagree with the conclusion, but no […]

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Leveson Inquiry: So What Did Cameron Expect?

November 30, 2012

On last night’s Newsnight, Max Moseley, not someone I naturally warm to, described David Cameron with wonderful condescension as ‘little more than a PR man who got lucky.’ Genius! But, other than a superb put down, Moseley’s remark has some resonance, especially when one considers the Prime Minister’s response to the Leveson Inquiry. The Public […]

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In praise of ………. Hugh Grant!

November 29, 2012

By Guest Blogger – Charlie East-West Hugh Grant’s portrayal of an upper class, establishment linked, bumbling romantic lead, never really did it for me. But, the former king of the chick-flick has gone up massively in my estimation with his thoughtful, relentless, and courageous fight for sense and sensibility (bad pun) towards the regulated freedom […]

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#584: 2012, Jodie Marie, Numb

November 29, 2012

A quick song entry from me this evening from Welsh folk-pop chanteuse Jodie Marie,off her album Mountain Echo. The only real reason for posting it was it popped up on my I-pod’s track shuffling this morning. It is a great piece of melancholic folk of lost love, beautifully sung. Not much more to say really,other […]

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What can we expect from Leveson?

November 28, 2012

Right, to begin in the beginning – first, there was a great outcry, people’s telephone’s were being hacked, and not celebs either, ordinary people, Cameron had to do something, and so, he set up an Inquiry and appointed to head it High Court Judge Brian Leveson. Tomorrow that Inquiry will report. What might it say […]

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Rightwing Bullshit Watch #4: Benedict Brogan, Leveson and the Paranoid Style of the British Right

November 28, 2012

Tomorrow Lord Leveson will publish his report.   The Leveson Inquiry commenced its hearings in September last year and concluded taking evidence at the end of July of this year.   Compared to some of the horrifically long and drawn out Inquiries of recent years (Saville on Bloody Sunday, being the worst example), it has, at first […]

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Tory-UKIP Pact: What on Earth Is In It For UKIP?

November 27, 2012

Since Michael Fabricant floated the idea of a Tory-UKIP pact yesterday, it has been squashed from great heights by the leaderships of both parties.   UKIP’s leader Nigel Farage has said that such a pact would be unthinkable while David Cameron remains leader of the Tories, as Cameron failed to retract his 2006 description of UKIP […]

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Are Chelsea the most loathsome football club on the planet?

November 26, 2012

Liverpool fans have a song that is intended to taunt Chelsea: to the tune of Lord of the Dance, it starts – Fuck off Chelsea FC, You ain’t got no history, and carries on in a similar vein. It is as flawed as it is unsubtle – of course Chelsea have a history, every football […]

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#583: 1985, Simple Minds, Don’t You (Forget About Me)

November 26, 2012

I know that my comrades on this site will be immediately convening an emergency meeting of the committee when they see that I’ve posted this song as our 583rd STLAS: first, I’ve decided not to continue with the theme of Christmas number 1′s (Christmas doesn’t start in my mind until December, and it is still […]

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Mayor Result in Bristol Shows Labour Short of a Breakthrough

November 25, 2012

Labour’s failure to win the mayoralty of Bristol in last week’s elections shows that the party has a long way to go in the capital of the South West. Labour did far better than the Coalition parties: indeed, it received 80% more first preference votes than the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats together. But Labour lost […]

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Week 47: Villain – President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt

November 25, 2012

This Week’s Villain of the Week is President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt. In April 2011, tens of thousands of Egyptians protested in Tahrir Square in Cairo demanding change. They wanted an end to the Regime of President Mubarak, they wanted a fairer deal in terms of the distribution of wealth, they wanted justice, they wanted […]

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Week 47: Prat – Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

November 25, 2012

This week, our award for the biggest prat of the last seven days goes to the Children’s Services Department of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. The decision of Rotherham’s children services department to remove three children from the foster care of a family solely because of their membership of UKIP is pretty indefensible. Whilst Joyce Thacker, […]

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Week 47: Hero – The Washington Post

November 25, 2012

Our Hero of the Week this week for its defence of its decision to run a photograph of a devastated Palestinian father carrying the dead body of his 11 month old son Next Thursday Lord Justice Leveson will publish his report into the media.   There has been an extraordinary amount of venom pouring in his […]

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Mr East Goes To The Movies: About Elly

November 25, 2012

My my, do I still have a lot of catching up to do on the film review front.  Some of you may remember that my favourite film of last year was A  Separation, a devastatingly powerful Iranian film centred a middle class couple and a working class couple in Tehran, whose lives intersect. The film […]

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#582: 1978, Buzzcocks, What Do I Get?

November 22, 2012

So, Jackie South has started another theme week, songs that you wish had made Christmas No 1.  A bit early for Christmas musings I think.  I generally have a policy of not even recognizing its existence until December.  But a theme week is a theme week and rules is rules. The thing about actual Christmas […]

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US Presidential Election Predos: Allthatsleft Gets a B

November 21, 2012

Two weeks ago yesterday was, of course, the US Presidential election, which saw Barack Obama re-elected with 332 Electoral College Votes to Mitt Romney’s 206.   Barack Obama’s margin of victory on the popular vote currently stands at 3.2%, with (though votes are still being counted).  So how did the Allthatsleft team do compared to other election […]

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Has the Church of England turned itself into a glorified Golf Club?

November 21, 2012

Yesterday I received what is known in my trade as a skeleton argument for a case that’s due to be tried in the next month or so. I sighed when I got it, because I knew that the barrister who had drafted it would have put together an argument that was forceful, persuasive and excellently […]

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#581: 1978, Public Image Ltd, Public Image

November 20, 2012

This is a call to arms, but first, a confession. As regular readers will know, last Christmas I posted Killing In The Name as the great antidote to the X-Factorisation of Christmas records. But whilst despising the Cowell-machine’s domination of the Christmas charts in most recent years (except last year and 2009) I have to […]

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Me, Bobo The Chimp And Our Mid-Life Crises.

November 20, 2012

It’s official – me and Bobo the Chimp, both apes of a certain age, are probably going through a mid-life crisis. It is official because an American fellah, who had one of those monotone voices that suggested he rarely left his lab, told me on the wireless this morning. ‘Yes,’ he said, ‘we’ve looked at […]

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Twitter, Facebook, Gossip, Free-Speech and Libel

November 20, 2012

Hmm. Tricky this one. At its inception, we decided that at Allthatsleft we weren’t going to write about gossip or tittle-tattle. Now don’t get me wrong, we’re just as likely to sit in the pub and discuss who’s shagging who as anyone else, but, we decided, that we’d leave blogs about that to others. And, […]

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Tell-Tale Teather

November 19, 2012

Yesterday’s interview in The Observer with sacked Lib Dem Minister, Sarah Teather, in which she described the Government’s benefit cap, which will come into force in April next year, as ‘immoral and divisive’ was  revealing for a number of reasons.  However in this short post, I want to highlight three.  1. Teather is a Careerist […]

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#580: 1980, The Teardrop Explodes, Treason

November 18, 2012

I couldn’t believe it – in George’s excellent review of Allthatsleft Top 50 favourites, as voted by you, Songs To Learn And Sing, my picks barely register! Only a derisory seven Ray North picks make it to the top of the toppest top 50! I mean what’s wrong with Goldie Lookin’ Chain’s Mother’s Got A […]

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Week 46: Villain – Benjamin Netanyahu

November 18, 2012

This Week’s Villain of the Week is Israel Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Let me make one thing abundantly clear from the outset – we at Allthatsleft are not in any way ‘anti-Israel’ – we support the right of a Jewish homeland in the Middle East; nor, are we proponents of Hamas, though we do support […]

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Week 46: Hero – Peter Tatchell

November 18, 2012

This week, our Hero of the Week award goes to Peter Tatchell “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” (attributed to Voltaire) On Friday Adrian Smith, a Christian employed by Trafford Housing Trust, won his case in the high court against his employer.  They […]

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Week 46: Prat – Chris Heaton-Harris MP

November 18, 2012

This Week’s Prat of the Week is the Conservative MP for Daventry, Chris Heaton-Harris So many of the current crop of Tory MPs come across as slightly embarrassing student politicians.   Not only are many of them bat-shit crazy on political issues, but they also misguidedly think they are Machiavellian geniuses.  At the very apex of […]

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

November 17, 2012

As hopefully you have appreciated Thursday was the second anniversary of Allthatsleft’s launch.  As is now traditional this is the 6 monthly readers’ chart of the most popular Songs To Learn and Sing.   This follows the 6, 12 and 18 month charts.    There had been 577 songs posted as of our second birthday.  This compares […]

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#579: 2002, Robbie Williams, Feel

November 17, 2012

By Guest Blogger – Charlie East-West It was announced last week that Robbie Williams – at the ripe old age of 38 – is considered too ancient to grace the airwaves on Radio 1. This concerns me, as it makes me feel old. I am 4 months older than Robbie Williams. Love him or hate […]

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A Look at the By-Election Results

November 17, 2012

So, the nation has voted. Well, at least a few people did. The Police and Crime Commissioner elections have, probably rightly, been ignored by much of the electorate, and significant numbers who did vote went to spoil their vote to register their protest. Sadly, the tumblr site showing examples of these seems to have been […]

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#578: 1981, Altered Images, Happy Birthday

November 15, 2012

And why the fuck not? We deserve it.  As we are two today and as the greatest birthday song in pop, Bjork’s debut single with The Sugarcubes’ Birthday, has already appeared in Songs To Lean and Sing (though thanks anyway for the suggestion, Nat), it is time for the second best. Altered Images’ variety of insanely […]

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