From the monthly archives:

January 2014

A Short Piece About Flooding

January 30, 2014

Ok – it’s raining a lot at the moment. This is nothing new. We have a lot of rain in our Northern European climate. But, if, as a nation, we are incapable of dealing with rain, and, if, with monotonous regularity, people are having their houses flooded and their lives ruined, then that surely is […]

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An argument in favour of the United Kingdom

January 30, 2014

As a Welshman, I feel at the moment like I’m on a sinking ship, and, as I look towards the horizon I can see the lifeboat marked London swimming off into the distance towards some kind of lovely tropical island, another lifeboat marked South East England, going in roughly the same direction whilst a third […]

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#846: 1982, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, The Message

January 30, 2014

Sometimes in life, we get a pleasant surprise. This happened to me yesterday, when I heard that Grandmaster Flash is to play a gig in a pub in Cornwall in March. That’s right, Grandmaster Flash is playing a gig in a pub in Cornwall. Cornwall is a lot of things to a lot of people, […]

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Scottish Independence: There is no need for Plan B

January 30, 2014

Yesterday, the Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney gave an extremely considered and well articulated viewpoint of monetary union under Scottish independence. Yet, the No campaign immediately latched onto yet more false pretence scaremongering that Carney had effectively stated that Alex Salmond’s plans for sterling use were a busted flush, and that he urgently needs […]

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Ray North’s Six Nations Preview 2014

January 29, 2014

It doesn’t seem like yesterday that I was privileged to watch one of the greatest performances by a Northern Hemisphere team, as Wales hammered England 30-3 in last year’s Championship decider in Cardiff – but, yes, it’s back, the best rugby competition in the world – the competition that pits the fiery Italians, the inconsistently […]

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What the 50p Tax Rate Meltdown Tells Us

January 29, 2014

On Sunday Ed Balls made a speech to the Fabians.  Its primary message concerned Labour’s commitment to run current account surpluses by 2020 and, as a result, for the national debt to start to fall.    This has hugely significant (and from my perspective at least, pretty depressing) policy implications. I will write further about these […]

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#845: 1942, Pete Seeger, Dear Mr President

January 29, 2014

Monday saw the death of folk legend and civil rights activist Pete Seeger at the ripe old age of 94.  His longevity is really astounding.  From his involvement in the New Deal folk scene of the mid to late 1930s through the civil rights era of the 1950s and 1960s to his appearance at the […]

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Cameron has tax cuts for the rich written in his DNA

January 29, 2014

The above statement gives us another reminder that we cannot trust anything that comes spewing out of David Cameron’s mouth. He is a hypocrite. At today’s Prime Minister’s Questions, he refused to rule out further cuts to the top rate of tax. Bollocks to his previous 50p tax rate pledge. Bollocks to his wish for […]

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Sportsnight #31: 1988, Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, Calgary Winter Olympics

January 29, 2014

Good morning, and welcome to an early edition of Sportsnight. As we look forward to the start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, today’s action comes from the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada and we witness British ski jumper Eddie Edwards getting his 15 minutes of fame. Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, was a British […]

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#844: 1965, Son House, Death Letter Blues

January 27, 2014

Back in his post on the first 800 Songs To Learn and Sing posted here on All That’s Left, my colleague George East pondered on artists yet to feature. Number one on his list was Son House. Son House is one of the great fathers of music: born and brought up in Clarksdale, Mississippi (well, […]

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Why Nigel Farage is right about one thing

January 27, 2014

Ukip appeal to the lowest common denominator. They feed off fear and loathing and tap into ignorance. They are the political equivalent of the Daily Mail and scarily, a significant percentage of the population buys into their scaremongering on immigration, welfare and Europe. In terms of policy, Ukip are all over the place. After a […]

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Week 4: Villain – The Supreme Court of Pakistan

January 26, 2014

This Week’s Villains are the Supreme Court of Pakistan. It is tempting to get all liberal and nicey-nicey about this and say how important it is to respect other people’s religion and other country’s laws – but, I’m sorry, regardless of how wonderful a country Pakistan is in many ways, I have no respect for […]

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Week 4: Prat – Aidan Burley MP

January 26, 2014

Not for the first time, the Member of Parliament for Cannock Chase wins our award for being the biggest prat of the last week Tory MP Aidan Burley’s political career first shot up into the air like a rocket, before falling back to earth as a burnt-up stick. After working for Philip Hammond and Nick […]

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Week 4: Hero – Caroline Lucas

January 26, 2014

This Week’s Hero of the Week Award goes to the Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas for her private member’s Public Service Users Bill One of the most depressing wrong turns in politics over the last 30 years has been the obsession with privatisation – the notion that hiving off the provision of public […]

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#843: 1993, Paul Weller, Wild Wood

January 25, 2014

I was in the car today, with my kids, when one of them puts on a song by someone called Miley Cyrus. I pause for a second because, what I’m about to write makes me sound like an old fart. I understand that. But this song by this person called Miley Cyrus was so abdominal, […]

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Mr East Goes To The Movies 2014: The Missing Picture

January 25, 2014

Those of you who have paid attention to the end of year critics’ best films of 2013 lists, will have noticed that Joshua Oppenheimer’s Act of Killing has been there or thereabouts in most lists (mine will follow at the end of February to coincide with the Oscars).   It is a documentary of extraordinary power […]

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Cowdenbeath Calamity for Clegg

January 24, 2014

The Cowdenbeath by-election result: Alex Rowley (Lab) 11,192 (share 55.79%, +9.33%) Natalie McGarry (SNP) 5,704 (28.43%, -13.17%) Dave Dempsey (C) 1,893 (9.44%, +2.45%) Denise Baykal (UKIP) 610 (3.04%) Jade Holden (LD) 425 (2.12%, -1.77%) Stuart Graham (Victims) 187 (0.93%) James Trolland (SDA) 51 (0.25%) So, a good night for Labour, a worrying result for the […]

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The Corruption League of America #2

January 23, 2014

Last week, we launched our Corruption League of America. We will be looking at the 50 States of the USA, plus the District of Columbia throughout 2014 to see which is the dodgiest of the lot. Time for this week’s update! In our first post of this series, New Jersey was the first state off […]

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The real question is – what kind of economy do we want?

January 23, 2014

Last night, George Osborne probably opened up a bottle Dom Perignon, sat back in his sumptuous leather seat at the Treasury, supped gently and praised himself for a job well done (Danny Alexander was probably outside in the waiting area with a can of pop and some crisps) – because, in George Osborne’s mind, everything […]

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#842: 1998, Bruce Springsteen, Zero and Blind Terry

January 23, 2014

Earlier this week I posted my review of the new Bruce Springsteen album, High Hopes. The album is essentially reworked versions of outtakes and unreleased Springsteen songs plus a few well thought out cover versions. What the album does do is highlight the gargantuan amount of wonderful songs that Springsteen has never released. This was […]

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Parrot Politics in Belarus

January 23, 2014

A parrot has apparently been accepted to stand in a local election in Belarus after his application was approved by local authorities. The Mazur electoral commission processed the relevant documents, written by local activist, Kanstantsin Zhukouski on behalf of his pet, Yasha, to stand as a candidate in the municipal election. They also processed an […]

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#841: 2013, John Grant, You Don’t Have To

January 22, 2014

Tonight’s song originally posed me with a problem, which was that it has fallen on me to bring the ‘fuck’ theme week to a conclusion, but as my first post since I finally concluded my top 50 albums of 2013, it is traditional for me to post a song from the winning album. I was […]

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Is ‘Adversarial Justice’ always the best?

January 22, 2014
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#840: 1977, Sex Pistols, Bodies

January 22, 2014

Song number 7 in our series of “fuck” songs. I have to say I’m not that enamoured with the subject – I’ve no problem with the word and there are some great songs that we have previously posted where the use the word has made the song: see here and here. But as I’ve got […]

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Rennard: Legal Options and Realities

January 21, 2014

The ongoing farce that is the Lib Dems’ handling of the Lord Rennard sexual harassment allegations has resulted, inevitably perhaps, in media reports of legal actions that he might bring against the party to restore his position.  These are reported, usually, from a position of supreme legal ignorance.  It is just assumed that as Rennard […]

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Ten things that didn’t make the Lib-Dems angry, and one thing that did……

January 21, 2014

The Lib Dems did not get particularly cross when their leadership decided to completely ditch their promise to end Student Fees. The Lib-Dems decided to grin and bear it when their utterly incompetent leaders managed to catastrophically mess up the referendum for electoral reform. The Lib-Dems sat back and said nothing when their government implemented […]

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The Album Collection #23: 2014, Bruce Springsteen, High Hopes

January 21, 2014

Congratulations to Bruce Springsteen. His new album High Hopes is currently number one in the album charts in numerous countries – including the UK. Springsteen’s chart success now raises his tally of number one albums in the UK to 10. The only male solo artists to have more number one albums are Elvis Presley, who […]

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Welcome to the UK – a guide to the English language for EU migrant workers

January 20, 2014
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Cine-East Film Club Presents #37: 1964, Diary of A Chambermaid (Luis Bunuel)

January 20, 2014

Celestine: ‘It’s strange how the country seems so sad,  I guess people don’t have much fun here’. After a hiatus caused by the work that went into my top 50 album list, the weekend Cine-East Film Club is back, aiming to bring you a weekly guide to classic, cult and just down right interesting films […]

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#839: 1995, Bikini Kill, I Like Fucking

January 19, 2014

I’ve just spent the last half an hour listening to songs by bands with names like The Stiffs or Metal Heatwave with titles like – ‘Fuck Off’ and ‘Fuck Off’ – all of which seem to have a lot of energy and not many chords or if I’m going to be honest a great deal […]

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