From the monthly archives:

February 2015

Ashcroft Implications: Labour Has Lost the Election But David Cameron Still Hasn’t Won

February 6, 2015

As Charlie-East West wrote yesterday, Lord Ashcroft’s polls of individual Scottish seats have made it clear that Labour is in deep deep trouble north of the border, including in its hitherto rock solid Glasgow and West of Scotland heartland.   Those polls, with an average swing of 25.5%, would see, if applied on a universal basis […]

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#985: 1856, Evan James and James James, Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau,

February 5, 2015

This is a true story: in my second week at University, as a rather callow and naive 18 year old, I turned up for my first Modern Political History tutorial; there were about a dozen of us in the tutorial group and the Tutor was a youngish Professor with acne. He went round the group […]

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The Greatest Election Threat to Labour is….

February 5, 2015

The SNP. Lord Ashcroft has just released a snapshot constituency by constituency poll across 16 key election battlegrounds in Scotland. It appears that the more general recent polling evidence of a SNP surge at the expense of Labour (and the Lib Dems) is very real. The Ashcroft polling indicates a huge swing to the SNP […]

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Ray North’s 6 Nation’s Preview – 2015

February 4, 2015

Let’s move away from the excitement of an ensuing general election for a few minutes, and ponder this year’s Six Nations Rugby Competition – still Rugby Union’s greatest competition, with an added bit of spice this year, because Rugby Union’s second greatest competition, the World Cup, takes place in September. So, as is traditional, let’s […]

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General Election preview: Hampstead and Kilburn

February 4, 2015

For the third in our series focusing on constituencies to watch in the General Election, we turn to north London’s Hampstead and Kilburn In 2010’s general election, Hampstead and Kilburn was the closest result in Great Britain (although only the second closest in the United Kingdom).  Labour’s Glenda Jackson held on to the seat by […]

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#984: 1824, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Ode To Joy

February 3, 2015

Jackie South in his post in our current Songs To Learn Theme Week on National Anthems said he was cheating by choosing Jimi Hendrix’s famous Woodstock version of the Star Spangled Banner (he wasn’t). But I am. Unless you ask UKIP. Ode To Joy is, of course, the choral bit that forms the last movement […]

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Week 5: Prat – David Cameron

February 3, 2015

Last Week’s (belated) Prat of the Week Award goes to Prime Minister, David Cameron for his continued desperate attempts to find excuses not to take part in the debates David Cameron’s calculation has been that the debates can only be bad for him. He is in the fortunate position (and this really does tell us […]

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Syriza’s Victory Reshapes Greek Politics

February 2, 2015

Last Sunday saw Syriza‘s historic election victory in Greece. Has this changed the face of Greek politics for good? The change in government of Greece this week not only showed a nation exhausted by austerity, but a fundamental shift in the politics of the country. Since democracy’s 1974 restoration in the country that invented it, […]

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Week 5: Hero – Alexis Tsipras

February 1, 2015

“I don’t believe in heroes or saviours, but I do believe in fighting for rights … no one has the right to reduce a proud people to such a state of wretchedness and indignity.” – Alexis Tspiras. Our hero of the week is Alexis Tsipras for potentially kick starting a European anti-austerity spring by leading […]

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Week 5: Villain – Church Leaders

February 1, 2015

This week, leaders of both the Church of England and the Catholic church win our weekly award bestowed on the greatest villains of the last seven days Despite our heathen tendencies here at All That’s Left, we have been generous of late to religious leaders: indeed the granddaddy of them all, Pope Francis, won our […]

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