From the monthly archives:

December 2014

Let’s Play…. ‘Fantasy Government’

December 16, 2014

As I moaned last week, there is an absolute dearth of talent in politics at the moment: no leaders, no intellects, no fighters, just apologists, slick PR men and con artists. Now, in a way I can’t really complain because I am not a member of any political party, and having had any political ambition […]

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Week 50: Heroes – The Senate Democrats

December 15, 2014

This week, the Democrats on the US Senate Intelligence Committee receive our award for being the greatest heroes of the last seven days As Ray North wrote earlier, this week has seen the revelation of the extent of the CIA’s use of torture in the ‘War on Terror’. But that revelation needed the commitment and […]

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Week 50: Villain – The CIA

December 14, 2014

This Week’s Villain’s are the American Central Intelligence Agency. A lad from my home town was killed in Iraq in 2003 when the helicopter his Commando unit was being deployed in crash landed. He was about 23 years old – a cracking boy, I’d played rugby with him. The whole town turned out for his […]

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Week 50: Prat – Philip Davies MP

December 14, 2014

This week’s Prat of the Week Award goes to the Conservative MP for Shipley, Philip Davies MP for his reaction to the High Court decision finding the prison book ban unlawful The policy that has, perhaps, summed up the sheer petty nastiness of this government more than any other, is Chris Graylng’s ban on the […]

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#966: 2014, The War on Drugs, Under The Pressure

December 11, 2014

We’ve all been there. As we near the end of another stressful year, Ed Miliband has just added to it all by signing up to massive budget cuts. Life gets harder and more miserable for people which ever way you turn. Or, as Adam Granduciel puts it, “Lying in a ditch/ Pissing in the wind/ Lying on my […]

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The Torture State: Time For Some Honesty In The UK Too

December 11, 2014

The revelations in the Senate Report into CIA torture in the Bush years show that however hideous we thought the behaviour of agents of the US State was in the period after 9/11, the truth was a whole lot worse.   The redacted report shows that the torture methods used went beyond the water boarding and […]

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Week 49: Hero – Free To Feed

December 9, 2014

Last Week’s Hero of the Week Award goes (belatedly) to Free to Feed for taking the fight to Claridges What an odd week last week was.  Some battles you kind of think have been won.  Naively I guess.  One of these is the right of a woman to breastfeed her baby wherever she chooses, without […]

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The Allthatsleft Annual General Meeting

December 8, 2014

We’ve just had our annual Allthatsleft meeting. Held at various public houses in Hackney over the course of two nights, the four of us got together (Charlie doesn’t get invited because he went to the wrong University!) and engaged in a weekend that we believe is in keeping with the ethos of our fair website. […]

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Week 49: Prat – Nigel Farage

December 8, 2014

This Week’s Prat – the leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage Yep, Nigel Farage, the Prat who keeps on Pratting. It’s all very well saying what you feel and articulating the views of a particular group of people – but, when those views are bollocks and saying what you feel makes you sound like a prat, […]

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Week 49: Villain – George Osborne

December 7, 2014

This week, our panel has bestowed our Villain of the Week award on the Chancellor of the Exchequer This week’s “Autumn Statement” (on a date that many would describe as winter) showed us all once again the black heart of the Coalition. Behind the changes to stamp duty (bizarrely being trumpeted by some Tories as […]

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#965: 1979, Rex Barker and the Ricochets, Jeremy Is Innocent

December 5, 2014

Seemed apposite.

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In Praise of Jeremy Thorpe (read and weep Nick Clegg)

December 5, 2014

Jeremy Thorpe has died aged 85. For those of us of a certain age, he will be forever the bloke in the trilby, who was rather surprisingly acquitted of conspiring to murder a male model by the name of Norman Scott (1-0 to George Carman). But, to simply dismiss Thorpe’s political life as being nothing […]

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#964: 1972, The Rolling Stones, Sweet Virginia

December 4, 2014

Bobby Keys, saxophonist with the Stones since Let It Bleed died on Tuesday. Forty years as one of the less celebrated but absolutely central members of the band. The solo in Brown Sugar might be his most famous moment, but for me it is his part in this fantastic cross between Delta Blues and Stax […]

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‘Ray North is not just a consumer!!!’

December 4, 2014

Let me make one thing absolutely clear and plain – this is not an anti-Christmas post. I am not against Christmas, I am not against the giving and receiving of gifts. Hell, I even quite like shopping – in small doses. But, what I am sick and tired of, is the fact that I, and […]

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George Osborne’s Alternative Autumn Statement

December 3, 2014

Mr Speaker, Four years ago, in the first Autumn Statement of this Parliament, I presented the accounts of an economy in crisis. Today, in the last Autumn Statement of this Parliament, I present a forecast that shows the UK economy is still in crisis. Back then, Britain was on the brink. Today, against a difficult […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #60: 1977, Star Wars (George Lucas)

December 3, 2014

‘A long time ago in a galaxy far far away….’ Well, the big viral film news over the last few days has been the release of the first teaser trailer for Star Wars VII, the series re-boot with JJ Abrams in the director’s seat.   Posted on Youtube on Friday, it is currently standing at over […]

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#963: 2014, Father John Misty, Bored in the USA

December 2, 2014

How many people rise and say: “My brain’s so awfully glad to be here for yet another mindless day.” I’ve got all morning to obsessively accrue A small nation of meaningful objects And they’ve got to represent me too By this afternoon, I’ll live in debt By tomorrow, be replaced by children How many people […]

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Farewell To The People’s Gordon

December 2, 2014

So Gordon Brown in standing down as an MP.  It is a bit of a cliché to refer to him (like Richard Nixon) as a Shakespearean figure, but I guess like most clichés the reason it is a such a cliché is that there is a real truth in it.   That political brilliance and dominance […]

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Week 48: Villain – Andrew Mitchell MP

December 1, 2014

Unless you were paying attention carefully you may not have realised that the police officer at the centre of the Plebgate row, Toby Rowland, had never wavered in his version of the events of 19 September 2012.   Andrew Mitchell’s powerful supporters in the media and at Westminster had given every impression that he had been […]

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