From the monthly archives:

March 2015

Labour Pledges To Love Its Mum and Not To Kick Its Dog

March 15, 2015

With the polls still neck and neck and only 7 and a bit weeks to go to polling day, it is likely to require something bold – a policy or programme to capture the public imagination and to inspire voters.   Sadly there is no sign of this at all.   Both main parties appear to have […]

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The DUP: Kingmakers?

March 13, 2015

Three events this week: 1. On Wednesday, Nigel Dodds, the Democrartic Unionist Party’s deputy leader, and leader in the Commons announced his party’s three preconditions for supporting a government in the case of a hung parliament: maintain 2% of GDP spending on defence (including the completion of two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers), stronger immigration […]

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#998: 1993, Suede, Animal Nitrate

March 12, 2015

As George and Ray both mentioned, we are in the run-up to posting the ten greatest songs yet to feature here on Songs to Learn and Sing, which will start when we hit song #1000. So, here’s another great song that failed to get on our shortlist. I am a little surprised that this is […]

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Help: Education Policy is Adding to My Stress

March 11, 2015

Things are tense in our house at the moment, and the reason for this is that we are having to start serious discussions about young Ryan North’s secondary school. Mrs North and I are agreed on one thing – that is that we want him to do as well as he can at school. He […]

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#997: 1969, The Rolling Stones, Midnight Rambler

March 11, 2015

As George said in the last STLAS (the amazing and how has it not been on here before Buzzcocks song), there have been serious elections within our organisation, the election for which song should be our 1000th – what George didn’t tell you, is that the election has had all the intrigue of the Al […]

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Project Fear: The Sequel – Directed by The Tories

March 10, 2015

Panic on the streets of Westminster. You can almost hear the screams of panic coming down the corridors of power within the Westminster establishment and Fleet Street. Whisper it…The Scots are coming. Last week, Lord Ashcroft produced a series of constituency polls showing a surge of support to the SNP. The Ashcroft findings showed that […]

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#996: 1978, Buzzcocks, Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)

March 9, 2015

We are approaching the 1000th song that has appeared in our Songs To Learn To Sing Feature.  As a special theme to mark the occasion we will be posting the 10 biggest rock ribbed classic omissions from the first 1000 songs as #1000-#1009. As is the nature of these things that has necessitated votes being […]

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Week 10: Villain – ISIS

March 9, 2015

This Week’s Villain of the Week Award goes to the Islamic State for destroying 3000 years of history First it was the ancient artifacts in the museum in Mosul.   Then the remains of the Assyrian city of Nimrud, one of the last remaining connections with that ancient civilization.  Nimrud is so important to Iraqi history […]

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Week 10: Prat – David Cameron

March 8, 2015

David Cameron is this week’s winner of our prat award for coming across as a blue chicken (or cock) for his continued playing of silly buggers with the broadcasters over the TV debates. David Cameron is our Prime Minister. As such, he should willingly stand up and defend his record over the past five years […]

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Week 10: Hero – British TV Broadcasters

March 8, 2015

We are often critical of British media here at All That’s Left. But this week, our televison broadcasters carry off our regular award for being the greatest heroes of the last seven days For once, it looks as if our TV broadcasters are holding their nerve in the face of Conservative born-to-rule arrogance. After having […]

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#995: 1968, Elvis Presley, Lawdy Miss Clawdy

March 6, 2015

Welcome to the weekend. It has probably been a tough week. So, you deserve a Friday afternoon treat and boy do I have a treat for you. My something for the weekend is Elvis Presley, Lawdy Miss Clawdy taken from his 1968 NBC Comeback Special. This is undoubtably the greatest comeback concert of all time. […]

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THE GENERAL ELECTION – WHAT DO YOU WANT?

March 5, 2015

Ours has been a blog for surviving the coalition. We hope we’ve entertained, and perhaps, occasionally, informed.there are now less than two months until the next general election, when we will all be able to cast our vote and declare our verdict upon the tory/lib-dem government. We want you to have your say. We want […]

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It’s taken 5 years, but the Lib-Dems have come up with a good policy….

March 5, 2015

Why has it taken them so bloody long! And don’t give me this, ‘we had to take the tough decisions,’ nonsense, the Lib-Dems are in Government, they play a direct role in the formation of government policy, they are in a unique position; which is why, their declaration yesterday that they would scrap prison sentences […]

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#994: 2000, Ryan Adams, Oh My Sweet Carolina

March 5, 2015

So it’s last Thursday, during what was one hell of a week. As I am fretting about everything I need to get done, the one thought keeping me going is Friday evening – a chance to finally go home and stick my feet up for the evening and catch a breath before an arduous Saturday. […]

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Eurostar – So long, and thanks for all the fish

March 4, 2015

Another day, another public asset is sold off to the free market by the Tories. The government is selling its stake in Eurostar in a deal that will give £757m to the treasury coffers. George Osborne stated, “a fantastic deal for UK taxpayers that exceeds expectations”. The government has agreed to sell its 40% stake […]

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General Election preview: Cardiff North

March 4, 2015

As a belated nod to St David’s Day, we turn to Wales for our latest post in the series looking at constituencies that could change hands in this year’s general election When the Conservatives won Cardiff North from Labour in the last general election, it came as no surprise to most observers. Indeed, the only […]

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#993: 1984, The Smiths, Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now

March 3, 2015

After 7 minutes of his opening speech, the prosecutor handed to the jury photographs of the injured child. Two years old, profoundly deaf, her face swollen with bruises and her hair fallen out through the stress of life with my client; her right arm and left leg where in plaster. The jury turned to my […]

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A Terrible Idea – Funded by the UK Government

March 3, 2015

Treasury Secretary, Danny Alexander, has announced that plaques featuring the union jack and the line “funded by UK Government” are to be displayed on public funded projects in Britain. He has stated that the idea would recognise the role played by the UK taxpayer and the plaques would “proudly adorn infrastructure investments from roads in […]

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Week 9: Villain(s) Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw

March 2, 2015

This week’s villainous duo are the former Cabinet Ministers Sir Mlcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw. Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind were described last week in fairly reverential terms – senior Parliamentarians we were told; former Foreign Secretaries, we were told; towering political figures we were told – and yes, these are two men who had […]

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George East’s Top Ten Films of 2014

March 2, 2015

Finally, we reach the last of my 2014 review posts.   Traditionally I have posted my review of the year in cinema together with my top 10 films on Oscar weekend, which took place the weekend before last.  However, because I still hadn’t completed my top 50 albums posts, it got pushed back by a week […]

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Week 9: Hero – Ed Miliband

March 2, 2015

This week’s Hero of the Week Award goes to Ed Miliband for standing up against the troughers Depressingly our over-entitled political class never seems to learn.   As we saw with Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind last week there are always MPs apparently prepared to sell their services to the highest bidder and more than […]

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Week 9: Prat – Natalie Bennett

March 1, 2015

This week, the Green Party leader wins our award for being the greatest prat of the last seven days In a week that was hardly short of prats (step forward, Malcolm Rifkind, Jack Straw, Austin Mitchell, Emma Thompson, Madonna just for starters), one had a level of idiocy that stuck out like a turd on […]

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