From the monthly archives:

March 2013

Week 12: Prat – Kevin Rudd

March 24, 2013

This week’s Prat of the week is former Australian Prime Minister and epic sore loser Kevin Rudd. In 2007 Kevin Rudd beat the obnoxious John Howard to reclaim the Prime Minister’s office in Australia for the Labor Party for the first time since the Lizard of Oz, Paul Keating lost the 1996 election.  He briefly […]

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Mr East Goes To The Movies 2013: Django Unchained

March 24, 2013

It’s been a couple of months since I saw it (with Jackie South) but that, I think, has helped to give me some perspective on Tarantino’s first foray into the hallowed genre of the western. Despite the advance press and the homage in the title (and in its use of the same opening song) to […]

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What do the Tories really mean by ‘hard working people who do the right thing’?

March 24, 2013

When I see or hear George Osborne, ordinarily I find it difficult to take him seriously. He has long since reinvented himself from being evil political genius capable of derailing Gordon Brown’s election plans and into a bumbling incompetent omnishambolic figure of ridicule. But, listening to his budget speech last week, rather than make me […]

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#650: 1979, Michael Jackson, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough

March 23, 2013

When I turned on my computer the other night, I was quite shocked to discover that I had 123 unopened e-mails.Normally I have about 6, a couple from some Christian Dating Agency that have somehow got me on their mailing list (honest, I’ve no clue) the odd one from my friend Jean Patrique who tries […]

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Austerity and the Wizard of Oz Economy

March 22, 2013

I agree with George Osborne. There, I have said it. Have I suddenly lost the plot? I have spent almost three years tearing into George Osborne, as he, more than any other Tory alive, encapsulates the eat-your-own-toes awfulness of everything that a Tory stands for. I agree with Osborne on one thing. We need more […]

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#649: 1984, The Smiths, Suffer Little Children

March 22, 2013

I sent a throwaway email to my Allthatsleft comrades early yesterday evening, about how I thought the new John Grant album, Pale Green Ghosts, is so good at first blush that it might well put him in a select group of artists of whom it could be rightfully said that their first two albums were […]

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The Republic of Cypruski?

March 21, 2013

Today was the fourth consecutive bank holiday in Cyprus, as the crisis caused by the astonishing Eurogroup of the EU decision to impose a deposit levy as a condition of the proposed bail out  of Cyprus continues to reverberate, with no solution in sight.   There was talk today, not only of Cypriot banks not re-opening […]

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What Shall I Do With Gideon’s Beer Money?

March 21, 2013

I’ve been doing some maths – which is never an encouraging start to one of my pieces – but here goes: now, George Osborne tells us that in his budget he has reduced beer by 3p a pint, if you generously take into account the 1p reduction in beer duty and the cancellation of the […]

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Six Nations Round Up

March 21, 2013

Ok, I was wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong again. In fact even by my own standards of sport forecasting, my own personal Six Nations predictions were woefully incorrect. I said the final table would look like this: 1. England 2. France 3. Ireland 4. Wales 5. Scotland 6. Italy. And that Scotland and Italy would […]

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Iraq and Tony Blair – 10 years on

March 21, 2013

“In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary. First, the authority of the sovereign. Secondly, a just cause. Thirdly, rightful intention.” St. Thomas Aquinas It is March 21st, 2003. Tony Blair is still regally straddling across the political landscape. He is the man with the Midas touch. He has two successful […]

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The Album Collection – #1: 2013, David Bowie, The Next Day

March 20, 2013

‘It was always mainly about the music….’ And we’ve been reviewing, lauding and using songs as a device to comment and remember since we first started this website. This, though, is our first stab at a weekly review of albums past and present rather than individual songs and I’ve got the job of drafting it. I […]

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#648: 2012, Bruce Springsteen, Jack of All Trades

March 20, 2013

George Osborne will once again prance up to the despatch box and deliver his Budget. He will tell us what we already know – that we are all in the shit, despite him being responsible for digging us even deeper into the shit. To paraphrase Malcolm Tucker:- “George Osborne is the fucking Shawshank redemption, except […]

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Budget Day: George Osborne, the Commentariat and the Economy

March 20, 2013

Charlie East-West has already set out some thoughts on what he would do if he had the misfortune to wake up to find that he was George Osborne.  I’d like to add a few thoughts of my own on budget day as to the state of the British economy and what might be done about […]

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The Living Wage: Barnet and Lib Dem Councils Worst in London

March 20, 2013

As an enthusiastic backer of the Living Wage, I thought it worthwhile to look at how councils in London are getting on in its implementation.  The map below is a brief summary. London is ahead of the rest of the country in delivering the Living Wage, despite its higher value in the capital – the […]

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#647: 1977, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Do Anything You Wanna Do

March 19, 2013

Two songs ago, George posted Dr Feelgood‘s She Does It Right following Julien Temple’s excellent documentary Oil City Confidential being shown on BBC4. I was chatting about this with a colleague in the office today, who reminded me of the other Thames Delta band of that era, Eddie and the Hot Rods.  Like Dr Feelgood, […]

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The Budget – I am George Osborne

March 19, 2013

If based on my own experiences of the night before a big work presentation, George Osborne is probably tearing his own hair out in angst whilst amending the script for the umpteenth time within his own Budget 2013 presentation. So why then, do I suspect that the smug bastard is probably lounging in a Gentlemen’s […]

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Crystal Ball View of Europe in 2022

March 19, 2013

Yanko Tsvetkov‘s Mapping Stereotypes project (Part 2) – Crystal Ball View of Europe in 2022. Every single day that passes, this vision gets a little bit closer to reality.

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Europe According to the Tories

March 19, 2013

The graphic designer genius that is Yanko Tsvetkov is currently developing his Mapping Stereotypes project having recently published his Atlas of Prejudice book. The latest target of the project is the Tories/UKIP and their xenophobic scaremongering towards all functions and forms within EU member states. Brilliantly mapped out. Please check out his project at http://alpha […]

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The Ultimate Conspiracy Theory: Was the Destruction of the Death Star an Inside Job?

March 19, 2013

This is genius.   You’ve got to admit he has got a point…..   (h/t Andrew Sullivan)

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#646: 2002, The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Spread Your Love

March 18, 2013

In 2002 I didn’t have any kids. In 2002, lured by Murdoch’s control over sport, I insisted on subscribing to Sky TV. These two things led to Mrs North and I spending hours watching Music TV late into the night – you can do that if you haven’t got kids and if you’ve got Sky […]

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More On Cyprus

March 18, 2013

With the markets across Europe now closed, and the banks closed, we can breathe a collective sigh of relief.  There was no bank run, no collapse in the Euro or in equity markets.  Does it follow from this that there is nothing to worry about from the proposed deposit levy in Cyprus?  Is it just […]

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If Europe was a pub fight…

March 18, 2013

As we lurch towards yet another Eurozone crisis over Cyprus, perhaps it is now time to update the old joke:- “If World War One was a pub fight.” So instead, All That’s Left have modified the joke to:- If Europe was a continuous pub fight over the last 100 years… Germany, Austria and Italy are […]

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British Lions Squad Selection

March 17, 2013

First of all – many congratulations to Wales (and to Ray North) for winning the Six Nations in such emphatic fashion against England yesterday. The Millennium Stadium turned into a seething sporting spaceship yesterday, and quite frankly, England proved that they were victims of a bucketful of unjustifiable hype in their aspirations towards winning the […]

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#645: 1974, Dr Feelgood, She Does It Right

March 17, 2013

‘We played our part in the story and I’m proud of that…’  Wilko Johnson Friday night saw BBC4 screen Julien Temple’s wonderful documentary about Dr Feelgood, Oil City Confidential.  If you didn’t see it, check it out on BBC IPlayer, buy it on DVD, watch it!  Before it was screened, in the usual BBC4 themed […]

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Week 11: Villain – The Eurozone Group of the EU

March 17, 2013

This Week’s Villain of the Week only two weeks after being awarded our Hero of the Week Award for imposing limits on bankers’ bonuses, is the EU and specifically the Eurogroup of the EU for imposing a tax on all bank deposits in Cyprus as the price for further bailout support Cyprus has not got […]

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Week 11: Prat – Eric Joyce MP

March 17, 2013

After his altercation with the police on Thursday Night, Eric Joyce earns our Prat of the Week award Just over a year ago, we awarded Eric Joyce our Prat of the Week award for a drunken brawl in the Houses of Parliament. Here we go all over again.  A different bar in the Palace of […]

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Week 11: Hero – The Welsh Rugby Team

March 17, 2013

This Week’s Heroes are the Welsh international rugby team. I have to say that this week’s winners were not overwhelmingly endorsed by the Allthatsleft Committee, but, just like Wales did yesterday, I used my sheer brute force, native cunning, speed and experience to overcome Jackie and George and bring the award home for Wales (I […]

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#644: 2013, John Grant, GMF

March 15, 2013

I love it when the plan of an underdog comes together. Former member of the Czars, and on the back of the critically acclaimed 2010 album The Queen of Denmark, John Grant has returned with his solo sophomore album Pale Green Ghosts, and with it, the whoops of delight to all within All That’s Left. […]

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#643: 2013, Caitlin Rose, No One to Call

March 14, 2013

Whilst Ray has already managed to post two songs released this year, here is my first 2013 Song To Learn And Sing. Earlier this month, Nashville country genius (and former punk) Caitlin Rose released her third album, The Stand-In.  Whilst I’ve admittedly still to buy Bowie‘s The Next Day,this is easily my favourite album of […]

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10 Things I’d Like To See From Pope Francis I

March 14, 2013

Look, I know, not many of the things on the list I’m about are going to get anywhere near becoming official Vatican policy – but, let’s imagine, let’s imagine that the new Pope was prepared to really bring the Catholic Church into the 21st Century, because if he was, then I’d wager that he’d do […]

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