From the monthly archives:

November 2014

Week 48: Prat – David Mellor

November 30, 2014

This week, our award for the greatest prat of the last seven days goes to radio host and former Tory Minister, David Mellor Let’s recall those words the Rt Hon David Mellor treated his taxi driver to: “You sweaty, stupid little shit” “Who are you to question me? I don’t want to hear from you, […]

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Week 48: Hero – Phillip Hughes

November 30, 2014

This week’s Hero of the Week is the tragic Australian cricket batsman Phillip Hughes. The South Australia batter looked pretty well set – 63 not out, he was just going through that phase when a batsman knows he’s got the bowling licked and can start to swing his bat. It is the period in an […]

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#962: 1964, Bob Dylan, The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll

November 28, 2014

…And swear words and sneering and his tongue it was snarling… As if we really needed to be reminded this week that the Nasty Party never went away, two incidents of powerful Tories launching into tirades against those they view as their inferiors have played a prominent role in this week’s news. First, we had David […]

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Sportsnight #42: 1973, Scotland v Czechoslovakia

November 27, 2014

Good evening and welcome to a special edition of Sportsnight. Tonight’s action comes from Hampden Park, and a crucial World Cup Qualifying match between Scotland and Czechoslovakia in 1973. A huge occasion. A win, and Scotland qualified for the World Cup Finals for the first time since 1958. The game was a sell-out of 100,000. […]

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Allthatsleft Exclusive: Leaked Minutes from The Scottish Commission

November 27, 2014

At midnight last night, at Burger King just off the M1 in Morpeth, we at Allthatsleft were presented with an exclusive copy of the minutes of the final meeting of The Scottish Commission – we reprint extracts for you here. Date: November 4th 2014 Present: Lord Smith of Kelvin (LS), John Swinney (JS), Annabelle Goldie […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #59: Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf (Mike Nichols)

November 26, 2014

George: Try and I’ll beat you at your own game. Martha: Is that a threat George, huh? George: It’s a threat, Martha. Martha: You’re gonna get it, baby. George: Be careful Martha. I’ll rip you to pieces. Martha: You’re not man enough. You haven’t the guts. George: Total war. Martha: Total. Mike Nichols died on […]

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#961: 1969, Nick Drake, Cello Song

November 25, 2014

On this day, forty years ago, Nick Drake died. In many ways, Drake is England’s greatest lost artistic genius – an incredible talent, wonderfully gifted in so many ways – an athlete as a boy he gave up all his sport to play the guitar and write folk tunes; a keen and able scholar, he […]

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So, what is the Conservatives’ ‘End Game’?

November 25, 2014

What do they ultimately want? What is the ultimate utopian Britain for Conservatives like David Cameron and George Osborne? It’s an important question this, because I fear that if they prevail in the next election, it’s going to take a hell of a lot to stop them from finally creating their neo-liberal conservative heaven. So, […]

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#960: 1961, Jimmy Ruffin, Don’t Feel Sorry For Me

November 25, 2014

As I mentioned in my Cine-East Film Club post on Saturday Night Fever a couple of weeks back I recently saw Northern Soul, a film which is, as the title suggests, about the northern soul movement of the 1970s.  The film isn’t up to much but is a damn sight better than another recent film […]

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Week 47: Prat – Emily Thornberry MP

November 23, 2014

This week, our panel have bestowed our Prat of the Week award on the Member of Parliament for Islington South and Finsbury I’m not sure why a house displaying St George’s flags particularly deserves comment: it is a pretty common occurrence in my part of the capital and indeed much of East and South London. If […]

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Week 47: Villain – Dave Whelan

November 23, 2014

This Week’s Villain of the Week is Wigan Football Club owner, Dave Whelan Football is in a dark place at the moment and for the second week in a row provides us with our Villain of the Week. Last week saw Wigan FC hire former Cardiff boss, Malky Mackay. Wigan are currently struggling in the […]

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Week 47: Hero – Barack Obama

November 23, 2014

Our award for hero of the week goes to Barack Obama for a hugely progressive announcement on immigration, and in the process, tactically outflanking the Republicans. To paraphrase an often used and well worn phrase – Reports of the political death of Barack Obama are greatly exaggerated. After a calamitous set of midterm election results, […]

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#959: 1954, Elvis Presley, That’s All Right

November 23, 2014

Note to self. Time spent in reconnaissance is seldom wasted. To conclude our Great Debut Singles, I drafted a feature on Rocket 88 – generally regarded as the debut song for rock’n’roll. After submitting the article, I found that George East had already posted an earlier feature on this song. Time spent without reconnaissance is […]

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Happy Birthday To Us: Allthatsleft is 4 Years Old

November 22, 2014

Hard to believe it really, but when we launched this blog the coalition was only 6 months old.   We are now less than 6 months to the next election and for the blog being able to change its strapline to: ‘the blog that survived the coalition’. Unless of course, as there is every possibility, the […]

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#958: 1987, Sinead O’Connor, Troy

November 20, 2014

George East has set us a theme for our current selection of songs: Great Debut Records. It is on the surface quite an easy one to do: think of a great artist, think of their first song decide if wa any good, check if we’ve featured it before, job done. So, for my picks I’ve […]

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By-Election Special: Rochester and Strood

November 19, 2014

Until 1999, it had been the convention that Prime Ministers did not visit a by-election campaign. Yesterday has marked David Cameron’s fifth visit during this by-election to Rochester and Strood – a clear indication of the level of panic and desperation in the Conservative Party caused by this Thursday’s looming by-election. When Mark Reckless first […]

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#957: 1979, The Specials, Gangsters

November 17, 2014

Another great debut single from a great band. The Specials appeared in the very first week of this blog – and since then, have only appeared on one more occasion (though Terry Hall has featured in The Colourfield) – this though, is their amazing debut single. It’s a classic Ska track, wonderfully remastered with added […]

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Dismantling the public sector: The Conservative economic con-trick

November 17, 2014

George Osborne and David Cameron are the most pathetic (but less funny) double act since Waldorf and Statler. These two wealthy-beyond-belief, born-to-rule idiots think that the public sector is responsible for the UK budget deficit. So, they have frozen public sector pay and will ravage essential core community based services within the public sector, and […]

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Week 46: Hero – The European Space Agency and those involved in the Rosetta Probe

November 17, 2014

I went to see Interstellar over the weekend – fabulous film, but I didn’t understand great swathes of it – instead, Mrs North and myself, sort of sat in spellbound wonder at the awesome possibility of the universe, before deciding that the film was probably actually about being a crap parent and an even crapper […]

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Week 46: Prat – Kelly Tolhurst

November 16, 2014

This week, our award for biggest prat of the last seven days goes to Kelly Tolhurst, the Conservative candidate in Thursday’s Rochester and Strood by-election. In a sign of the increasing desperation of the Conservative Party in the Rochester and Strood by-election, their candidate Kelly Tolhurst issued a leaflet this week comparing her local credentials […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #58: 1964, Charulata (Satyajit Ray)

November 16, 2014

Bhupati: ‘Charu, where do you find the time?’ Charulata: ‘you think I don’t have time?’ When I did my review of the first 50 films to have featured in the Cine-East Film Club a few months back, I mentioned that there had been no films yet from the two most populous countries in the world: […]

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Week 46: Villain – FIFA

November 16, 2014

This week’s Villain of the Week Award goes to football’s governing body, FIFA, for its cynical summary of the report on the Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 world cup bids and its attempts to point the finger at the FA  Last week saw FIFA publish a radically shortened summary of the report carried out into […]

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#956: 1979, Dead Kennedys, California Uber Alles

November 14, 2014

The theme week (great debut singles) was going so well, and then Charlie East-West posted a Lib Dem fronted monstrosity. So, getting things back on track, here is an absolutely nuclear debut – coming right at you out of San Francisco, full of anger, energy and with Jello Biafra veritably spitting contempt at the complacent […]

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More tales about Legal Aid!

November 12, 2014

I had to share this with you. There I was this morning, walking to Court with another barrister – he’s a nice fella, I’ve known him years. He is also, an arch proponent of the coalition and card carrying member of the Lib-Dems. As we walked he turned to me with a contended look on […]

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#955: 2013, The Reform Club, Piccadilly Circus

November 11, 2014

Welcome to the next song in our theme week series of Great Debut Singles. Tonight we have a real treat for you. It is quite possibly the greatest song of all time. This is the song that all other songs measure themselves against. It is Piccadilly Circus by The Reform Club. The song is written […]

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So what exactly does a feminist look like?

November 10, 2014

Perhaps it’s because I’m getting older and grumpier and increasingly cynical – but, I’ve reached a stage where the sight of politicians posturing without any great thought or meaning has become increasingly irritating. The last few weeks have seen the Fawcett Society’s campaign to re-ignite the flames of feminism by getting various politicians to wear […]

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Week 45: Hero – Dissidents of the Former East Germany

November 10, 2014

This week’s Heroes are the dissidents of the former GDR. Last week saw the twenty fifth anniversary of the falling of the Berlin Wall. We have decided to mark that monumental event by awarding our hero of the week award to those who kept the fight for freedom alive in East Germany during the years […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #57: 1977, Saturday Night Fever (John Badham)

November 10, 2014

Frank Manero Sr: ‘Four dollars? You know what four dollars buys you today? It don’t even buy you three dollars’ In the last few weeks I’ve seen a couple of films about music and dance sub-cultures.   In the London Film Festival there was Mia Hanson-Love’s Eden (I’m not sure if it has theatrical distribution in […]

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#954: 1978, Kate Bush, Wuthering Heights

November 9, 2014

We seem to have been a bit male artist orientated of late, so I thought I should put that right with song number three in our Great Debut Record theme week. As George commented four years ago, sometimes when you hear a truly great debut it is so different that you are initially unsure whether […]

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Week 45: Villain – The Mail

November 9, 2014

Not for the first time, this week our regular award for the most despicable villain of the last seven days goes to Britain’s least pleasant newspaper. A week ago, George East and I sat in a Hackney boozer eating a very good, if equally very pricey, Sunday roast. The topic turned to that morning’s papers – […]

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