From the monthly archives:

September 2015

Jeremy Corbyn’s Speech: New Labour is Dead. Long Live Real Labour.

September 30, 2015

“There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.” – Buffalo Springfield Jeremy Corbyn may well be onto something. Jeremy Corbyn has just bought himself a lot of time. A hell of a lot of time. His Labour Conference speech was a success. It was a speech packed full of compassion, sincerity, authenticity and […]

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Week 39: Villain – Volkswagen

September 29, 2015

The world’s second-largest car maker is our winner of this week’s award for greatest villain The villainous cheek of the Volkswagen Group’s subversion of US emissions tests is breath-taking. To get around the tests on its diesel engines, it installed software that ensured that its engines behaved differently when it could tell it was experiencing […]

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What Next For Jeremy?

September 29, 2015

I think if anyone had said six months ago, that Jeremy Corbyn would have been addressing the Labour Party Conference as leader, they’d have been derided as a total loony – and understandably so, because 6 months ago, Labour were all about slick photo-ops, tight fiscal policy, careful public policy and the squeezed middle. Labour […]

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Week 39: Hero – The Welsh Rugby Team

September 28, 2015

This Week’s Heroes are the Welsh Rugby Team. I’m grateful to the Allthatsleft Hero, Villain and Prat Sub-committee for allowing my nomination of the Welsh Rugby team to succeed – you see, they know how much that win means to me. It’s a funny thing being Welsh, funny and not always particularly positive – and […]

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Week 39: Prat – David Cameron

September 27, 2015

Our prat of the week award goes to our Prime Minister, David Cameron, for allegedly performing an obscene act involving his penis and a dead pig’s head. What people find both appalling and amusing in equal measure is that fact that this sordid little tale of David Cameron’s student days is actually believable. Here is […]

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What Pig-gate really tells us about David Cameron

September 23, 2015

According to a book authorised by Lord Ashcroft and written by Isabel Oakeshott, David Cameron may have performed an obscene act on a dead pig’s head while attending a braying toffs-only private members club at Oxford University. Who knows if this is true. But, the reason that this sordid little story received so much coverage […]

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#1041: 1994, Suede, We Are The Pigs

September 22, 2015

The news this week for some reason brought this song to mind. This one is dedicated to all the people the Tories have screwed over the last five and a half years, and will screw over the next four and a half. It all leaves a rather bitter taste in the mouth. And as the […]

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Week 38: Villain – Victor Orban

September 22, 2015

This week, the Hungarian premier wins our award for the greatest villain of the last seven days A number of European nations have been found wanting in their response to the refugee crisis, including of course the United Kingdom. In contrast, Germany has become a paragon of virtue in its willingness to house and support […]

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Week 38: Prat – The Lib-Dems

September 22, 2015

This week’s Prats are the Lib-Dems Ah, it’s been a while since they last featured on our hallowed blog – but, I’m pleased to welcome the Liberal Democrats back to our pages. And why? Well, this week they have met in Bournemouth (biggest numbers ever apparently!) and their clarion call has been ‘only the Lib-Dems […]

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Week 38: Hero – Japan Rugby Team

September 20, 2015

The heroes of the week are the Japan rugby team for causing the biggest ever upset in the history of rugby union by beating the mighty South Africa 34-32 in the Rugby World Cup. Sometimes sport can be quite magical. On Saturday afternoon, I arrived back home and switched on the television and noticed that […]

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Ray North’s Rugby World Cup Preview

September 18, 2015

Ah the Rugby World Cup – if ever a sporting event epitomised the class struggle that burns at the heart of our world, it is this; If ever there was a better contest between young men at the peak of their physical abilities, it is rugby union. I am biased of course, but if there […]

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Scottish Independence Referendum: One Year On

September 18, 2015

A year ago today, Scotland voted to stay in the United Kingdom. A year on from this historic day, it seems pretty clear that the genie has been let out of the independence bottle, and we have entered the world of Neverendum. The No vote secured a reasonably comfortable 55% of the vote on 18th […]

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Week 37: Prat – resigning Labour frontbenchers

September 16, 2015

This week, the eight Labour frontbenchers who refused to serve under Jeremy Corbyn win our regular prat award As I have previously posted, Jeremy Corbyn was not my first choice as Labour leader. I am also concerned about the decision to appoint John McDonnell as shadow chancellor, and that none of the shadow four great […]

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Week 37: Hero – Jeremy Corbyn

September 14, 2015

This week’s hero of the week is the new leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn. Things you never think you’ll see – Jeremy Corbyn elected as leader of the Labour Party. For various reasons our blog has been quiet in recent weeks – but, all of us have been enthralled by the contest to […]

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Britain & The Middle East: An Idiot’s Guide to Failed Geopolitics

September 11, 2015

Syria before and after… The Middle East is a mess. Right across the region we have civil war and an escalating humanitarian disaster that has now created an unprecidented refugee crisis that is spilling across EU borders. It is heartening to see the huge surge in Western solidarity for the refugees, but rather worryingly, this […]

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Week 36: Prat – The British Press

September 7, 2015

This week, our glorious British papers win our regular award for the most ridiculous behaviour over the last seven days The British right wing press has been spewing bile relentlessly about immigration. The Daily Mail, Daily Express and The Sun in particular regularly sport front pages with screamingly vitriolic and hyperbolic headlines. The sharp change […]

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Week 36: Villain – David Cameron

September 6, 2015

Our villain of the week is David Cameron, for his complete and utter lack of leadership over the refugee crisis. It has been escalating for months, but it took one tragically iconic image of a little three year old boy washed up dead on a beach in Greece, for the world to collectively wake up […]

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Week 35: Villain – Iain Duncan-Smith

September 2, 2015

Last week’s Villain of the Week Award goes to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith for making shit up again. The Freedom of Information Act is a useful thing. So useful that passing it was Tony Blair’s biggest legistlative regret and David Cameron’s government are committed to gutting it. It […]

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