From the monthly archives:

September 2014

Week 37: Hero – The Rev. Dr Ian Paisley

September 14, 2014

This week’s hero is the former First Minister of Northern Ireland and leader of the DUP, Big Ian. Crikey, Big Ian, dead. He was one of those who you thought would go on forever. But, alas, for the big man, just as in life, there are some things that you can only say ‘never’ to […]

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Week 37: Prat – Jim Sillars

September 14, 2014

The debate in the Scottish Referendum campaign has turned a little nasty over the last week, with accusations of scaremongering and conspiracy against the Better Together campaign (including bias on the part of the BBC) and divisive comments on the part of the ‘Yes’ campaign, insinuating some how that those voters who oppose Scottish independence […]

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Scotland feels the cold smack of the English establishment

September 12, 2014

As the Scottish campaign for independence reaches its final few days, my ‘No’ stance of ‘please don’t leave us Welsh to the fate of perpetual Tory rule’, is waning – and I’m starting to feel like the dying hero in a melodrama, who crawls up to his fitter, stronger comrade and whimpers, ‘you go ahead, […]

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Some thoughts on the Oscar Pistorius Trial

September 11, 2014

I have it on very good authority that Oscar Pistorius doesn’t give a monkeys nuts about the Scottish Referendum on Independence. But, let’s take a break from that pressing matter for a second and consider the Pistorius trial – because, it’s absolutely fascinating. I mean, imagine if you went to a publisher and said, look […]

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#930: 1988, Hothouse Flowers, Don’t Go

September 10, 2014

Britain. How I fucking love it. Our Britain. Like a dysfunctional family – its dirty secrets, its squalid history, the wedding brawls, the cousin you fucking hate and his obnoxious brat of a kid who always seems to do better than everyone else, without half the fucking talent. Our secrets, our history, our brawls, our […]

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The PR disaster of “Better Together”

September 10, 2014

I have come out of my self imposed sabbatical from All That’s Left. It is like a drug. I am a political junkie that needs just one more hit. I just couldn’t resist the lure of commenting on Scottish independence. In my lifetime, I have never known Britain and the establishment to be shaken in […]

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Five Reasons Why No Will Win on 18th September

September 9, 2014

There is little doubt that the ‘No’ campaign and the pro-Unionist parties have descended into a panicked farce, in the face of the very real possibility of a vote for Scottish independence in 9 days. The last minute offer of  Devo-Max, the cancelling of PM’s questions tomorrow so that the leaders of the three main […]

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#929: 2014, The Haden Triplets, Single Girl

September 8, 2014

Yes, they really are triplets: Tanya, Rachel and Petra. The three daughters of the late great jazz bassist, Charlie Haden, released earlier this year what in their eponymous debut is, for me, the most purely beautiful record since the Fleet Foxes’ debut, full of close country harmonies that maybe you need to be siblings to pull […]

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Devo-Max Would Have Stopped Independence In Its Tracks

September 8, 2014

As the entire pro-unionist Westminster establishment scrabbles  desperately around in an almost open state of panic having suddenly woken up on Saturday night (when the Yougov poll placing ‘Yes’ in the lead for the first time was published) to the fact that Scotland might actually vote to break away from the rest of the UK, […]

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End of Cameron, Clegg, the Coalition and the Union?

September 8, 2014

This is perhaps the quickest and most straightforward blog I’ve done since we’ve been writing on these pages – but, I simply ask this question: If UKIP wins the Clacton By-election and the good people of Scotland vote to come out of the Union – then what the fuck will become of David Cameron? Surely, […]

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Week 36: Hero – Andrew George MP

September 8, 2014

This Week’s Hero of the Week Award goes to Lib-Dem MP, Andrew George. I have to say that, in the brief time I worked with Andrew George, I liked him. He seemed to me to be a serious, undemonstrative politician, with proper principles and a world-view. Alas, not all are the same, and, double, nay, […]

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#928: 1968, Joe Cocker, With a Little Help from My Friends

September 7, 2014

I’ve been in the States for a few weeks, flying back today. It started off in Texas and ended up in Arizona and then California, where I have relatives. My auntie in Arizona is one of those people who can tell slightly tall tales. She recounted this week how, when she lived in Sheffield in […]

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Week 36: Villain – Cee-Lo Green

September 7, 2014

This week, our panel has bestowed our regualr Villain of the Week award to singer Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, better known as Cee-Lo Green As the singing half of Gnarls Barkley, Cee-Lo Green has turned out some good tunes – Crazy and Fuck You, the latter often reworded to ‘Forget You’ for radio play. None of […]

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Week 36: Prat(s) – the SNP MPs (well, four of them)

September 7, 2014

This week’s Prats of the Week are the 4 SNP MPs who could not be arsed to return to Westminster to vote against the bedroom tax, despite campaign heavily against it in the ‘Yes’ campaign This weekend has seen the Scottish Nationalists (and those who wish them well) cock a hoop with joy as the […]

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Is David Cameron’s Legacy Going To Be A Conservative Party Break Up Over Europe?

September 6, 2014

In my teen years back in the 1980s the Tories under Thatcher seemed completely invincible. They were united, ideological driven and had a vociferous right wing press in lock step with them. It was no surprise that they were the most successful political party in the western world (as we were constantly told). Those years […]

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What The Scottish Independence Referendum Says About Westminster

September 2, 2014

One issue that has split us on these pages, is the issue of Scottish Independence. The much missed, and in fairness, Scottish, Charlie East-West is a firm advocate of Scottish Independence, believing that his countrymen have a unique and wonderful opportunity to rid themselves of the Tory hegemony that is at odds with the way […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #51: 1959, Hiroshima Mon Amour (Alain Resnais)

September 2, 2014

Lui: ‘You saw nothing in Hiroshima’ It’s time for the Cine-East Film Club to bring you a film from the French New Wave and to commemorate the passing earlier this year of Alain Resnais, leaving only Jean-Luc Godard and Agnes Varda still with us from that extraordinary group of cinephile directors who emerged in France […]

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#927: 2008, Ulrich Schnauss, Wherever We Are

September 1, 2014

In their infinite wisdom, the CPS have sent me a ‘serious and complicated fraud.’ Clearly, they don’t appreciate that I find anything to do with detailed factual analysis of people’s financial doings -incredibly boring, to the extent that I find it almost impossible to sit and read the facts. Over the years I’ve found that […]

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Why The Removal Of Citizenship Is A Dumb Idea

September 1, 2014

Ok, we’re all troubled by the idea that British Subjects/citizens can go off to join the forces of the Islamic State with the intention of waging a jihad that will lead to the imposition of a regime that is brutal and oppressive. But, what is definitely not needed are the type of half-baked, knee-jerk reactions […]

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