From the monthly archives:

November 2014

Week 45: Prat(s) – BBC (and the rest of the British News Media)

November 9, 2014

This week’s Prat(s) of the Week Award goes to tbe BBC and the British media generally for buying into George Osborne’s ridiculous claim that he halved the extra amount that the UK has to pay to the EU The headlines that George Osborne got at the end of last week beggared belief. From watching, listening […]

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#953: 1979, Joy Division, Transmission

November 6, 2014

Theme week: blistering first singles, and they don’t get much more blistering than this absolute belter from Joy Division (who I’d wager are in Allthatsleft Top 5 bands of all time). I love this song – and the video shows Joy Division in all their glory – we start with Hooky’s typically driving bass, then […]

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Three Reasons Why The Labour Plotters Against Ed Miliband Are Going Nowhere

November 6, 2014

The BBC has reported today that a number of (unnamed) Labour backbenchers have told the Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party that Ed Miliband should go. The only thing surprising about this is that it has taken so long to happen. Ever since September’s disastrous leader’s speech, Miliband and Labour have pretty much been in […]

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#952: 1965, Small Faces, What’cha Gonna Do About It

November 5, 2014

Well, it’s all a bit bloody depressing at the moment, isn’t it?   The Democrats got absolutely creamed in the mid-terms last night, losing just about everywhere, while Barack Obama spends most of his time on the golf course (or at least so it seems). On this side of the pond the possibility of a progressive […]

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#10 The Secret MP: Waiting by the Phone

November 5, 2014

You can call me Keith, Though that’s not my real name. I am a Liberal Democrat MP. I first got an inkling that Norman Baker was about to resign on Sunday night, when the Whips Office phoned me to tell me that Norman Baker was about to resign. ‘Hardly a surprise is it,’ I responded. […]

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Sportsnight #41: 1984, The Wallabies Autumn International Grand Slam

November 5, 2014

Good evening and welcome to Sportsnight. As we now look forward to the rugby union Autumn Internationals, tonight’s action comes from Murrayfield, Landsdowne Road, Twickenham and Cardiff Arms Park and the all conquering Australian Rugby Union team of 1984. Before 1984, Australia were seen as a second tier rugby nation. The All Blacks had the […]

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US House of Representatives Elections

November 4, 2014

On Monday, I posted on the US Senate elections, a knife-edge race between the Democrats and Republicans for control of America’s Upper House. The outcome for today’s House of Representatives is more certain, despite the fact that all 435 seats are up for election whereas only a third of the Senate is. In 2012, the […]

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#951: 1975, David Bowie, Fascination

November 3, 2014

David Bowie: Fascination. This song shouldn’t work. A song written by David Bowie and Luther Vandross for Bowie’s Young Americans album in 1975 should never ever work. It all sounds like a recipe for self indulgent disaster. But heroically, it all works out rather brilliantly. Bowie has apparently never performed this track live in concert, […]

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Tuesday’s US Senate Elections

November 3, 2014

Tuesday sees the United States’ mid-term elections to determine its 114th Congress. These elections – halfway between Presidential elections – usually go against the party in the White House and are a useful barometer of where the political temperature is. But more importantly, they decide who will be the lawmakers of the nation for the […]

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#950: 1968, Cream, White Room

November 2, 2014

Last week Jack Bruce, legendary bass player and joint vocalist with Cream, died. Whilst it might be Eric Clapton who got all the fame and fortune and the (frankly bonkers) Ginger Baker the wild reputation, it was the Scottish Bruce that deserves the most credit from the band: he wrote most of the songs (along […]

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Week 44: Hero – Hearts FC

November 2, 2014

This week, Heart of Midlothian football club wins our regular Hero award Tomorrow, the new hourly rates for the Living Wage are announced (currently £7.65, or £8.80 in London). There are now over a thousand companies that are committed to paying the Living Wage, to the direct benefit of 60,000 low paid workers. Those figures […]

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Week 44: Prat – Jeremy Browne MP

November 2, 2014

This week’s Prat is the Lib-Dem MP and former Home Office Minister Jeremy Browne. Jeremy Browne’s award for Prat of the week has been almost twenty years in its gestation. I first met him in around 1995, when he came to Parliament as a fresh-faced young research assistant – and I have to say that […]

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Week 44: Villain – David Cameron

November 2, 2014

This week’s Villain of the Week Award goes to Prime Minister David Cameron who in his increasing panic over the threat from UKIP has gone the full kipper David Cameron excelled himself in villainy twice last week.   On both occasions we have seen the weak terrified David Cameron we have come to know and despise […]

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#949: 1966, The Misunderstood, Children of the Sun

November 1, 2014

Have to say, I enjoyed George’s bang up to date, hanging with the kids choice the other day – but, alas, I’m still totally stuck in the past as I slowly make my way through my mate’s vinyl collection. I’ve now gone through the stuff I know and the singles and I’m now wading through […]

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