From the monthly archives:

May 2015

Week 19: Villain – The Tory Press

May 10, 2015

This week’s villain of the week award goes to the Tory supporting, right-wing newspapers, who once again manipulated and scaremongered the British electorate into voting for a Conservative Government. And so it came to pass. The Tories have won the election, with considerable help from their friends in the media. The British press coverage of […]

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#1018: 1970, John Lennon, Working Class Hero

May 10, 2015

A post election song. I don’t know whether John Lennon wrote this as a reaction to the Conservative general election victory that year, but the raw hurt of this song sums up my mood following Thursday. The Etonian toffs have won: “Know your place, little man“. It is a great, bitter-angry song: Lennon at his most Dylan-esque. […]

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Week 19: Hero – The Alberta New Democratic Party

May 10, 2015

This week’s Hero of the Week Award goes to a centre-left party who shows how the left can win in the most unlikely places This has been a grim week for those of us on the progressive left in the UK.   Polls which had promised that an election on a knife edge might produce a […]

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General Election 2015: The Guilty Men

May 10, 2015

We’re not comfortable on these pages pointing fingers and wringing our hands – nor do we gain any satisfaction whatsoever from stroking our beards (metaphorically and literally) and saying ‘we told you so…’ but we did. Indeed the first thing I did after the coalition was formed, was resign my Lib-Dem membership, I then tried […]

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Election 2015: Pollsters, Dashed Hope and the Bigger Picture

May 9, 2015

If you’ve read the ‘Why’ post on the blog you will know that the deep origins of this blog are in the trauma experienced by those of us who founded it, in the 1992 general election result.   After what had seemed like an unending Tory government 1992 seemed like it would be the watershed moment […]

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The Great British Political Divide

May 9, 2015

Thursday 7th May will be remembered as the day where the electorate gave the British political map a huge shake up. We have witnessed a brutal set of election results that saw many of the established Lib Dem and Labour figures of this generation lose their seats (Alexander, Cable, Murphy, Laws, Kennedy, Davey and Balls). […]

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Pollsters Are Full of Shit

May 8, 2015

Honestly.  They should all fuck off.

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Shit.

May 8, 2015
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#1017: 2014, George Ezra, Budapest

May 7, 2015

Election night, election night, election night???? What to pick??? Er, er, er??? I know – something contemporary, something that the kids quite like and something that sort of defines 2014 – George Ezra does the trick. It’s a lovely song this, and George Ezra seems like quite a talented guy, his voice is rich and […]

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How I’ll Be Voting in Bermondsey and Old Southwark

May 6, 2015

Of the five of us writing on how we will vote in our individual constituencies, my piece will come as the least surprising: I’m a dyed-in-the-wool progressive democratic socialist. I also believe that the forces and resources of privilege in this country are so great that unless those with progressive values unite, we will always […]

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How I’ll be voting in East Devon

May 6, 2015

I’m a liberal-green-social democrat, or something like that, so how to vote? And how to vote in a Tory seat where there’s little prospect of removing the pretty repulsive sitting MP? To get to the point, I’ve decided to vote Labour. On paper a futile vote in this constituency but in this election, where the […]

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How I Will Be Voting In Wrexham

May 6, 2015

Voting at the general election has always been a special thing for me – the first vote I cast was for my Dad, the second was for my boss. And as it happens every vote I’ve cast since, has been for the Lib-Dems. That won’t be happening tomorrow. In some ways, I’ve been thinking about […]

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How I Will Be Voting In Hackney South and Shoreditch

May 6, 2015

There isn’t much doubt as to the outcome in my constituency.   Labour’s Meg Hillier will win comfortably.  In 2010 she was some 33% ahead of her nearest rival, the Lib Dem candidate.  Given the polls indicate that there has been a decent swing to Labour in London, her result tomorrow may be even more impressive. […]

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So, what exactly is a ‘legitimate democratic mandate’?

May 6, 2015

And, trust me, this is a question that will be asked quite a few times over the next couple of days. It was Nick Clegg who got me thinking about it when, during a radio interview earlier in the week, he suggested in answer to a question who he would support in the event of […]

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How I’ll Be Voting in Truro and Falmouth

May 6, 2015

The General Election of 2015 is now upon us. This presents an existential crisis for me. For the first time in my voting life, I am struggling to decide who to vote for. I feel politically disenfranchised. I live in the bottom left hand corner of Britain in the constituency of Truro and Falmouth. This […]

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10 Constituencies To Watch On Election Night

May 5, 2015

Ok, so, as Charlie East-West said earlier, this has been a thoroughly tedious political campaign, indeed it feels as though I’ve been bombarded by a group of really bad used-car salesmen for the last few months, and now, well, I just want it to stop. But, saying that, I know that I (just like Charlie) […]

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The Most Tedious Election Campaign of All Time

May 5, 2015

2 days to go. Thank god. It is almost over. Despite the uncertainty over the outcome of the 2015 General Election, this campaign will go down in history as possibly the most tedious election campaign of all time. Long gone are the days where politicians chewed the fat over political ideologies, whether Keynes was right […]

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There Will Be No Prime Minister Ed Miliband

May 4, 2015

Much of the discourse about Thursday’s election has concentrated on pathways to 323 seats for either a Tory-led or Labour-led block.   This is the number of votes required to be guaranteed to survive a confidence vote in the House of Commons on the assumption that Sinn Fein retain their current 5 seats and do not […]

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Week 18: Prat – Ken Livingstone

May 4, 2015

This week’s Prat of the Week Award goes to former Mayor of London and Labour NEC member for his support for the corrupt former Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman Back in the local elections last year Labour were convinced that they would back control of Tower Hamlets Council and that their candidate, John Biggs […]

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Week 18: Hero – Marilyn Mosby

May 3, 2015

Our Hero of the Week is Baltimore’s state’s attorney, Marilyn Mosby The speedy reaction of Baltimore’s senior prosecutor to the death of Freddie Gray was unexpected: previous deaths at police hands (such as that of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner) have failed to lead to the prosecution of the officers involved. Marilyn […]

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The Secret Candidate: The Long Goodbye

May 3, 2015

Until a couple of weeks ago, I was a Liberal Democrat MP. You can call me Keith. But that’s not my real name. I’m now a Liberal Democrat candidate in the South West. I used to tell people who came to work for me at election time, that the great thing about being a Lib-Dem […]

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#1016: 1975, Dr Feelgood, All Through The City

May 3, 2015

Last Sunday night I saw Wilko Johnson at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, a gig I never thought I’d have the chance to go to.   Wilko was, of course, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few of years back and had decided not to have further treatment.   He played a Farewell Tour, the London dates for which […]

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Beware the Conservative Will To Power

May 3, 2015

We are now only 5 days away from the election and the polls remain more or less neck and neck, or at least such that another hung parliament is almost certain with neither the Tories or Labour coming close to the 323 seats necessary to form a government on their own (323 being the de […]

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Week 18: Villain – Baltimore Police Department

May 3, 2015

This week’s award for villainy goes within the Baltimore Police Department as six police officers have been charge with crimes including murder and manslaughter in the arrest and fatal injury of Freddie Gray. The state attorney for Baltimore City, Marilyn Mosby, filed the charges almost as soon as she received a medical examiner’s report that […]

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#1015: 1982, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Man Out Of Time

May 1, 2015

Man Out Of Time is my all time favourite Elvis Costello song. It features one of the all time great opening and closing segments to a song. The track comes from the wonderful Imperial Bedroom album, which showcases Costello right at the top of his game. It is one of the great albums of the […]

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Ed Miliband – Pride Comes Before a Fall

May 1, 2015

That’s that then. The next government has almost certainly been decided. The Tories will form the next government. Why so? Ed Miliband told a BBC Question Time audience that there will be no Labour government if it involves a coalition or a deal with SNP. He “couldn’t be clearer” there would be no deals between […]

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