From the monthly archives:

June 2013

Week 26: Villain – George Osborne

June 30, 2013

This week’s award winning act of villainy comes from our villain of villains – George Osborne, for announcing a further £11.5 billion of spending cuts within his spending review 2015-16. George Osborne rustled up another brutal slash and burn on welfare, public sector pay and local authority budgets – this included an eye watering £2.6bn […]

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Week 26: Prat – Ed Miliband & Ed Balls

June 30, 2013

This week,our award for the persons acting the greatest prats over the last seven days sadly goes to the Leader of the Labour Party and the Shadow Chancellor On Wednesday, George Osborne announced his slash-and-burn Spending Review for 2015/16, shaping the decisions for the 2015 budget just before the next general election.  144,000 public sector […]

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#714: 2003, The Libertines, Don’t Look Back Into The Sun

June 29, 2013

Yes, I know, strictly speaking it’s not my turn to post the song of the day. But. Today is a special day. Today, our mate, comrade, colleague and self-proclaimed ranter-in-chief of these veritable pages, George East is getting married. Yes, they never said it would happen, but the love of a fine woman has finally […]

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Hell is a place called Glastonbury

June 28, 2013

Liam Gallagher: “I fucking hate Glastonbury. I’m only here for the money. It’s fucking shit. I’ve got to wear fucking wellies.” It is Glastonbury weekend. I will therefore allow myself a sharp intake of breath. This weekend around 150,000 so-called music worshippers will pitch up in a tent, yurt, camper van, or hotel somewhere deep […]

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The Double Dip Recession And Ten Other Bad Things That Didn’t Actually Happen In The Last Twelve Months

June 27, 2013

Oh, I see now – so, although it just felt like a double dip recession, although it just looked as though all the shops on my local high street had been turned into Poundlands and Charity Shops and that everyone stopped spending and loads of people were made unemployed – actually, we were wrong, and […]

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The Spending Review: The Hypothetical Reality of Local Authority Cuts

June 27, 2013

Britain’s public services – Rest in peace. In March 2011, George Osborne told the House of Commons: “We have already asked the British people for what is needed, and we do not need to ask for more.” In June 2013, George Osborne just asked for more – in particular, from our local authorities and public […]

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Sportsnight #14: 1995, Cricket, Johannesburg – Second Test, England v South Africa

June 26, 2013

Good Evening and welcome to Sportsnight. Tonight, we’re going to the Wanderers Cricket Ground in Johannesburg for the second test between Hansie Cronje’s South Africa and Michael Atherton’s England. After the first test was drawn, the first four days of the second test have been dominated by the South Africans. After scoring 332 in the […]

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George Osborne: The Public Spending Hairdresser

June 26, 2013

This wasn’t supposed to happen. When George Osborne set out his government’s programme of departmental austerity back in the Spending Review of October 2010, it was claimed that it this would account for the full amount of public austerity. It would be a harsh short back and sides public spending haircut. Yet, now, we are […]

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#713: 2003, Kings of Leon, Holy Roller Novocaine

June 25, 2013

Mrs North wanted to go and see Kings of Leon – and so, for her birthday, I purchased tickets for said band and off we toddled to Manchester MEN. Kings of Leon have appeared appeared once before on these pages when Jackie and George damned them with feint praise suggesting that they used to be […]

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The Battle To Save The Soul Of The State

June 25, 2013

I’m really, really angry. I’m angry because the nation state, which is, whether we like it or not, a central part of all of our lives is being besieged in a two pronged attack from those who would seek to dismantle the positive aspects of it, by which I mean its ability to educate, care […]

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Week 25: Villain – The Care Quality Commission*

June 24, 2013

This Week’s Villains are those at the Care Quality Commission who have allegedly helped cover up systemic failures at University Hospital Morcambe Bay NHS Foundation It’s almost a year since the Olympic Opening Ceremony quite properly proclaimed that we as a nation should be extremely proud of the National Health Service. And quite bloody right […]

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#712: 1965, Count Five, Pyschotic Reaction

June 24, 2013

Jackie South’s last Song To Learn and Sing referred to the great Patti Smith gig at Shepherd’s Bush Empire last Wednesday.   It was also the first time I had seen her, and I have to say that she absolutely rocked. Bat shit nuts  but superb.     The 10 minute Land/Gloria finale to the main set was […]

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Week 25: Hero – Barack Obama

June 24, 2013

The Hero of the Week Award for last week goes to the President of the United States, Barack Obama for putting little Gideon Osborne in his place  The desire to bask in the perceived aura of glamour and importance provided by the President of the United States, has been one of the least edifying aspects […]

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British Tennis: A Great Sport Ruined by Elitism

June 24, 2013

Today is one of my favourite days of the year. Today marks the start of Wimbledon. What is a British summer without Wimbledon? More than any other British sporting event, Wimbledon encapsulates everything that is good and bad about British sport, and our class system. We host the biggest tennis tournament in the world, a […]

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The Album Collection #12: 2013, Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses), The Low Highway

June 23, 2013

After a bit of a sabbatical, I’m back to full writing duties here at All That’s Left. So, it’s my turn up to do our weekly album review. It wasn’t a difficult pick: as a dyed-in-the-wool Steve Earle fan, this has been my favourite album of the year to date. Fantastic music, great social commentary. […]

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Week 25: Prat – Nigel Farage

June 23, 2013

This week, our award for the biggest prat of the last seven days goes to the tax-dodging UKIP leader, Nigel Farage It was always only a matter of time before the shine came off of Nigel Farage.  Here is what he said to the European Parliament only a month ago (22 May 2013) on the […]

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What Happens If The Tories Win in 2015

June 21, 2013

Last night we got an interesting insight into what kind of thing we can expect if the Tories win in 2015, as a group of Tory MPs laid before parliament an ‘alternative’ conservative Queen’s speech.  It would be easy to dismiss this as what passes for thinking among the swivel eyed loons, but that would be […]

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#711: 2004, O Povo Canta, O Telefone Tocou Novamente

June 21, 2013

Apparently, it is summertime. If this is British summer as we now know it, then we should all just pack our bags and live somewhere else. I quite fancy the idea of living in Brazil. I have never been to Brazil, but I desperately want to go. Perhaps I will save it for the 2016 […]

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Nigel Farage and tax: Do as I say, not as I do

June 21, 2013

Nigel Farage – man of the people? My arse. Nigel Farage – self serving hypocrite? Completely. Farage, who has previously been an outspoken critic of tax avoiders, has admitted to the Daily Mirror that he paid a tax adviser to set up the Farage Family Educational Trust 1654 on the Isle of Man. Farage tried […]

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#710: 1979, Patti Smith Group, Dancing Barefoot

June 21, 2013

We’ve finally reached the end of a double of theme weeks, so normal Songs to Learn and Sing returns to normal service.  This pick results from two events this week. On Tuesday, George East posted on our first 700 songs, and included a list of the thirteen artists who had featured five times or more. […]

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Austerity is served up on a silver platter at the Lord Mayor’s dinner

June 20, 2013

Date: Wednesday June 19th, 2013 Event: The Lord Mayor’s Banquet for Bankers and Merchants Venue: Mansion House, London Dress Code: Black Tie Keynote Speaker: The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne George Osborne stated at the Lord Mayor’s banquet for bankers and merchants that, “Britain has left intensive care” – looking at this bulbously grand […]

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Songs To Lean and Sing Golden Years #8: 1978

June 20, 2013

Charlie East-West’s posting of Van Halen’s Eruption as part of instrumental week a few  days back, saw 1978 become the 8th year to have had 20 songs posted.  The other years in order of reaching this milestone are: 1967, 1969, 1980, 1977, 2011, 1979 and 2012. 1978 is the fourth year from the punk/new wave […]

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George Osborne’s Loadsamoney Economics

June 20, 2013

As the news broke this morning that bankers’ bonuses had soared to record levels in April as the government’s cut in the top rate of income tax from 50p to 45p came into effect, the image of Harry Enfield’s Loadsamoney character entered my head. That tasteless, braying, ostentatious charactature could easily morph from a late […]

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#709: 2010, Surfer Blood, Neighbour Riffs

June 19, 2013

It’s the last instrumental of the theme week, make it a good one Bobby. So George instructed me. Well I decided I simply couldn’t take the pressure and thought I’d just try to find a track to fit my mood. On such a sunny day, I almost posted the lovely London Fields by Darren Hayman, […]

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Sportsnight #13: 1996, Athletics, Olympic 1500m final – El Guerrouj Takes A Tumble

June 19, 2013

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to this unlucky 13th edition of Sportsnight.  Tonight’s action takes us to the Centennial Olympic Stadium in Atlanta on the occasion of the hotly anticipated men’s 1500 metre final Our 13th Sportsnight requires something to be said about the place of bad luck in sport.   In this case […]

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The Death of the Co-operative Bank: British Banking Takes Another Huge Leap In The Wrong Direction

June 19, 2013

An under-reported story of the week (though it did make the front page of the Financial Times) has been the effective end of the Co-operative Bank as a mutual.    The decision to deal with its current financial woes by converting bond holder debt to shares, will, by definition require its conversion into just another bank. […]

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The 5 Big Lies At The Heart Of Politics

June 19, 2013

I got cross again yesterday. I was talking to some colleagues and one of them made a flippant remark about how there was no alternative to the programme of austerity – words were said, most of them by me, some of them were unkind. Oh dear. It wasn’t meant to be this way. I had […]

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Summer of Sport 2013: Predictions

June 19, 2013

Welcome to the 2013 summer of sport on All That’s Left. As the changing patterns of the jetstream continue to destroy yet another summer, we live in hope that there will be a chink of light through the dark clouds to enable a fantastic summer of sport both in this country and elsewhere. I love […]

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Songs To Learn and Sing: The First 700

June 18, 2013

Jackie South had the honours this time – the 700th song fell in the middle of our gay themed week to celebrate the landmark passage through the House of Commons of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, with his posting of the iconic Lola by The Kinks.   We’ve since moved on to 708 songs at […]

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Stuart Hall: why politicians should leave sentencing to the Judges.

June 18, 2013

Stuart Hall is an elderly paedophile who has been, rightly, charged, convicted and sentenced for offences against little girls over a twenty year period. I know that, you know that, we all know that – but, that is all we know, because none of us, unless we were directly involved in the case know the […]

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