From the daily archives:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Are the Tories actually killing off Capitalism?

November 14, 2013

A couple of things have impinged themselves on my consciousness this week and left me scratching my head: first, came the news that a Francis Bacon painting has been sold at auction for $142million and an Andy Warhol painting for $105million; after that, I heard the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney declare […]

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Tory website screenwipe

November 14, 2013

The Conservative Party have apparently wiped all their pre-election pledges from their website. The Conservatives have deleted every article, speech and press release released before the last election from their website. They can run, but they can’t hide. Here is a reminder of what they pledged…

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Top of The Pops 1980s Special: Songs To Learn and Sing Readers’ Chart

November 14, 2013

When I posted The Smiths’ Cemetery Gates a few weeks back, the 1980s became the second decade (after the 1970s) to have had 150 Songs To Learn and Sing.   For most of the lifetime of our daily songs feature the 1980s has been the most popular decade, with the 1970s trailing only very slightly behind.  […]

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What on Earth is Going on with Bill Clinton?

November 14, 2013

Just like John Major’s curious interventions over the last couple of weeks, the Big Dog has decided to get involved in the issue of health care in the US.   To say his intervention is not helpful to Barack Obama would be to put to mildly.    I’ll come back to that intervention in a bit, but […]

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#797: 2004, Arcade Fire, Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)

November 14, 2013

Monday and Tuesday night saw Arcade Fire play two not-very-secret secret gigs at The Roundhouse in Camden.   The band played under the moniker of The Reflektors.  These were (so far at least) the only dates in the UK to support their new double album, Reflektor.   The tickets were like gold dust, but by some kind […]

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Bedroom Tax vote: What is the point of parliament?

November 14, 2013

The government defeated Labour’s motion to challenge the Tories Bedroom Tax by 252 votes to 226, a majority of 26. Labour MPs have been strongly criticised after the analysis of voting lists revealed that 47 were absent from the Commons at the time of the vote. Labour Party whips have since responsed by stating: “We […]

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