From the monthly archives:

January 2014

Week 3: Villain – Ohio

January 19, 2014

This Week’s Award for Villain of the Week goes to the State of Ohio for the execution of Danny McGuire The US remains in the ignominious position of being the only country in the first world west to still have the death penalty.   After China and Iran, the US executes more people every year than […]

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Week 3: Prat – The Liberal Democrats

January 19, 2014

This Week’s Prats of the Week are the Liberal Democrat Party – yes all of them. And the reason that the Lib-Dems have managed to become the first political party en masse to pick up our coveted award is due to their complete and utter confusion over the behaviour of their former Chief Executive and […]

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Week 3: Hero – Ed Miliband

January 19, 2014

This week’s hero award goes to Ed Miliband for announcing that within a year of a Labour government, the Competition and Markets Authority would set a threshold for the share any bank can have of the personal accounts and small business lending market. If a problem gets to big, the problem can get out of […]

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John Stuart Mill tells it like it is…

January 18, 2014
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From Benefit Street to Baker Street…it’s television, get over it

January 17, 2014

By Guest Blogger – Eddie ‘Nice Guy’ Kaye I fear I must confess. It is me. I am the one who did not watch Benefit Street. There, I’ve said it. My bell and cowl are on order, and I shall be walking through a town centre near you in the not too distant future yelling […]

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Who is on your political grudge list?

January 17, 2014

It has been alleged that the Clintons keep a grudge list spreadsheet which is constantly updated with everyone who has ever wronged them – with a ranking and rating for each grudge nomination. This has opened up a debate within the committee on Allthatsleft about whether we own our own grudge list. Ray North and […]

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An Alternative to Benefits Street

January 17, 2014

Channel 4 continues to show Benefits Street – a programme that falsely stigmatises and generalises people living on benefits. The programme focuses on the lives of hard-up families in Winson Green, Birmingham. It has been condemned after focusing on those who spend their benefit money on cigarettes, booze, lottery scratch cards and wide-screen TVs. So, […]

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#838: 2010, CeeLo Green, Fuck You

January 16, 2014

Welcome to the next entry into our Fuck Week list of songs. Today’s choice of song is quite possibly the most famous song of all time with the word Fuck in the title. It is the massive 2010 hit Fuck You by CeeLo Green. The song itself has two title versions – Fuck You and […]

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George East’s Top 50 Albums of 2013: #10 – #1

January 16, 2014

Well, it’s been epic but we are finally here the great unveiling and the second last of Allthatsleft’s 2013 review posts (as is traditional my Top 10 Films of 2013 post will coincide with the Oscars and BAFTAs in February/March).     For my #50-#41, #40-#31, #30-#21 and #20-#11 follow the links. Before getting down to the […]

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The Corruption League of America #1

January 15, 2014

We are only halfway through January, and we already have our first proper all-American scandal with New Jersey governor Chris Christie embroiled in Bridge-gate. Even The Boss has got in on having fun at the governor’s expense: New Jersey is one of America’s best states at corruption, but it is not alone. This year could […]

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Sportsnight #30: 2012, Jessica Ennis Wins Olympic Gold in the Heptathlon

January 15, 2014

Good evening and welcome to the first Sportsnight of 2014. It is good to be back. Tonight’s action comes from the Olympic Stadium in London and what is now part of British sporting legend – Super Saturday at London 2012. Within the space of just under an hour Team GB won three track and field […]

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#837: 2013, Drenge, Fuckabout

January 14, 2014

I know you are all waiting with anticipation for my top 10 albums of the year list.  Of course, you are. All will be unveiled very soon.  I promise.  Hopefully, tomorrow. But in the meantime to whet your appetite here is a track from my No 22 album of the year, the eponymous debut of […]

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Iain Duncan Smith: Do as he says, but not as he does

January 14, 2014

The Channel Four show Benefits Street that appears to offer a form of lazy and false justification towards the government’s brutal benefit cuts has now been endorsed by Iain Duncan Smith. He said programme had “shocked” the public. Benefits Street, which is currently being broadcast on Channel 4, focuses on the lives of hard-up families […]

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Mr East Goes To The Movies 2014: American Hustle

January 13, 2014

David O Russell has built a reputation over the last decade and a half for making films at the quality end of the mainstream (see The Fighter, 3 Kings, Silver Linings Playbook etc).  American Hustle aims to be very much in that space.   Three weeks into its release it remains top of the UK box […]

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#836: 1977, Wayne County & the Electric Chairs, (If You Don’t Wanna Fuck Me, Baby) Fuck Off

January 13, 2014

I’m not sure the “Fuck week” of Songs To Learn And Sing, announced by my colleague Charlie East-West a couple of songs back, is such a great idea. But a challenge is a challenge, so here we go. Wayne County was a product of Andy Warhol‘s Factory, and followed in the footsteps of the New […]

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2016 US Presidential Runners and Riders – Part 1: the Democrats

January 13, 2014

2014 will be the year when the potential candidates for the next US presidential elections, in 2016, will start to up their game and test the ground for their campaigns. Some will decide to take things no further, others will opt to escalate their operations. This post looks at the Democrat field – I will […]

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Week 2: Hero – The Criminal Bar Association

January 12, 2014

This Week’s Heroes are the Criminal Bar Association. The Criminal Bar Association doesn’t have an easy job – it’s not really a trade union as such, but, it tries to organise a disparate band of men and women who work as Criminal Barristers and represent their interests as best it can. And, as I say, […]

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Back Of The Net Special: The Half Time Traipse To The Changing Rooms

January 12, 2014

Yes, it doesn’t seem like five minutes ago that the lads were on the pitch their bronzed legs gleaming in the August Sunshine, expectation written across their faces as the ref blew for the start of the Premier league Season. As ever I made various predictions as to how I thought things would go – […]

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Week 2: Villain – Channel 4

January 12, 2014

This week, Channel 4 wins our prize for being the greatest villain of the last seven days This week, Channel 4 took another step in its apparent mission to become the Daily Mail of British television when it aired Benefits Street, a highly sensationalised documentary of live of residents living on welfare in a street […]

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Week 2: Prat – Chris Christie

January 12, 2014

This week’s prat of the week award goes to Republican Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie and the mounting controversy surrounding his administration’s involvement in the closure of several lanes of traffic in Fort Lee, New Jersey leading to the George Washington Bridge. At this week’s press conference (which lasted more than two hours) Christie […]

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We are NOT all in this together

January 11, 2014
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#835: 1981, The Dead Kennedys, Too Drunk To Fuck

January 9, 2014

Yesterday I fucked up. I broke rule 1(1)(a) of the Allthatsleft rulebook, which states, …and no person shall place a song on the Songs To Learn And Sing feature that has already been placed by themselves or another person on another occasion, unless it is a cover of that song. Any person breaching rule 1(1)(a) […]

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Food Inglorious Food (Part 2: Sugar)

January 9, 2014

Health experts have repeated their warnings that sugar is as dangerous as alcohol and tobacco. Britain’s obesity crisis could be reversed within five years if food companies reduced sugar in products by 30 per cent. Health experts now claim a reduction in sugar intakes could reduce 100 calories from each person’s daily intake and reverse […]

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George East’s Top 50 Albums of 2013: #20 – #11

January 9, 2014

After a hiatus of a few days (these posts take bleedin’ ages to put together), I am back on it.   We are now at the business end of the best albums of 2013.  For the albums at #50- #41, #40 – #31 and #30 – #21 follow the links. Before getting back to the list proper, […]

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Mark Duggan Verdict: Should We Be Troubled?

January 8, 2014

I write this with a certain amount of caution, after all, two of my rules are, never to comment on a case where I’ve not heard all the evidence, and never question the verdict of a jury. But, I have to say I am slightly troubled by the verdict in the Mark Duggan Inquest. To […]

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An Invitation To A Book Launch Party!

January 8, 2014

As avid readers will know, Ray North’s alter ego – Gareth R Roberts’ book comes out on the 16th January 2014! The occasion is being marked with a launch party at Belgravia Books in Victoria on the 14th January starting at 6.30pm. I’m told that there will be free wine and beer (well at least […]

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Ray North’s Crystal Ball: What Will 2014 Bring?

January 8, 2014

Ok, so I’m a week later than I should have been, but, and I know you’ve all been waiting with bated breath, I’ve managed to finally resurrect my crystal ball to make my predictions for 2014. Last year I successfully predicted Sir Alex’s retirement, rain, the rise of UKIP and Royal baby craziness – I […]

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#834: 2004, Beastie Boys, Hey Fuck You!

January 7, 2014

I fucking love swearing. I have Tourette’s Syndrome in my own thoughts, and more than occasionally, this then seeps down from my brain towards my potty mouth. I have always been a big swearer, and I overuse the word “fuck” to industrial levels of abuse. But, quite frankly my dear, I don’t give a fuck. […]

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2014 Sporting Predictions

January 7, 2014

Welcome to 2014. After two of the best ever years for British sport in which London hosted the Olympics and a whole clutch of sports men and women became household names due to their incredible sporting achievements – Murray, Hoy, Cook, Farah, Wiggins, Froome, Rose, McIlroy, Halfpenny, Storey, Simmonds, Weir, Ennis and Ainslie – and […]

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Osborne: Papering over the cracks

January 7, 2014

It has been reported that the wallpapering and soft furnishings company Osborne & Little, founded by George Osborne’s parents (which George Osborne has a 15% equity stake) has lost around £9m due to the poor economic climate since 2009. Osborne & Little have also just announced a loss for this year of £746,000, blaming the […]

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