From the monthly archives:

October 2015

Week 43: Hero – Justin Trudeau

October 31, 2015

Last week’s Hero of the Week award goes to Prime Minister elect of Canada and leader of the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau. We are currently in one of the low points for centre left politics across the developed world.   With the exception of Syriza in Greece, the right appears almost universally to be in the […]

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Week 43: Villain – David Cameron

October 25, 2015

Our villain of the week is David Cameron – for a number of different reasons:- i) taking delight in the working tax credit cuts at PMQs ii) English Votes for English Laws (EVEL) – effectively sounding the alarm bell for the end of the Union. iii) Considering suspending the House of Lords if they vote […]

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Week 43: Prat – Jeremy Corbyn

October 25, 2015

This week, the leader of the Labour Party sadly wins our award for the greatest prat of the last seven days Tuesday offered the Labour Party a rare opportunity to put the Conservative Government on the ropes. With the debate on the removal of tax credits going on in the House, it was becoming clear […]

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Week 42: Prat – John McDonnell

October 25, 2015

Last Week’s Prat of the Week Award went to Labour’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell for his u-turn on the budget surplus This is a very late post (and some others have been missed in recent weeks from our Awards completely). That has largely been down to me. Difficult work stuff and life stuff has meant […]

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What would Maggie have said?

October 23, 2015

Imagine the scene – the cabinet room, Downing Street, sometime in the Summer of 1983, the rampant Thatch is in total charge, buoyed by a big win at the polls and giving the hapless Argies a lesson, she asks her cabinet for their ideas for the new Queen’s Speech – ‘well, says the Energy Secretary, […]

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#1043: 1974, Tom Waits, The Heart of Saturday Night

October 20, 2015

All That’s Left Committee, correct me if I am wrong, but we appear to have only one Tom Waits song listed within 1043 songs in the vaults of Songs To Learn And Sing. This is a pretty disgraceful oversight and one that I am going to rectify with immediate effect. So, tonight’s song of choice […]

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Week 42: Villain – George Osborne & The 21 Labour Abstainers

October 19, 2015

This week, we give a joint award for villainy to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and to the 21 Labour MPs that abstained on his fiscal charter “George Osborne & The 21 Labour Abstainers” might sound like the indie band from hell, but (in a compromise by our editoral board) reflect the two sides of […]

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“….the Right School…..”

October 19, 2015

Last week, the government announced plans to open the first new Grammar School for over thirty years in Kent. What does this mean? Well, for the children in Kent, it means that some of them will have the opportunity to be told that, at the age of 11 they are academically more able to pass […]

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End the winter of discontent of northern hemisphere rugby – rugby should become a summer sport

October 19, 2015

As the dust settles on yet another blistering round of matches at the Rugby World Cup, the rugby commentariat has entered a period of navel gazing on why the sourthern hemisphere is better at rugby than the northern hemisphere. This is slightly misplaced. Southern Hemisphere rugby union is better and it isn’t better than northern […]

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Week 42: Hero – Nicola Sturgeon

October 18, 2015

Our hero of the week is SNP Leader and Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, for coming up with the most perfect reposte to David Cameron during her SNP Conference Speech. Sturgeon said:- “The Prime Minister’s attitude to Scotland betrays the worst characteristics of his government – arrogant, patrician and out of touch. Pig-headed, some might […]

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The Inconvenient Truth of Tory Britain

October 15, 2015

Credit where credit is due. The Tories are an election winning machine. They have reduced their former coalition partners, the Lib Dems to a parliamentary rump, and they have reduced UKIP to the margins and they have reduced Labour to infighting and potential civil war. But that is as far as I am willing to […]

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#1042: 1987, The Cure, Just Like Heaven

October 13, 2015

Things have been a bit shite really – for various reasons – far too many to go into on these pages things have been a bit difficult for some of us who write on this blog and sadly this has meant a reduced output of our rants, reflections and ruminations, and, of course, our daily […]

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Week 41: Prat – The Tax Payers Alliance

October 12, 2015

‘This week’s Prat award goes to the hideous Tax Payers Alliance.’ This is an odious organisation at the best of times – set up in 2004 as a pressure group furthering the position of ‘ordinary tax payers’ – what it has proved itself to be over the last decade is a whining, bitching group of […]

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Week 41: Villain – Theresa May

October 11, 2015

This week, the Home Secretary earns our award for the greatest villain of the last seven days So for another year, that annual carnival of privilege, self-satisfaction, bigotry and hatred that is the Conservative Party conference is over. Despite the coverage from some of the more gullible and/or dishonest corners of the media, this has […]

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Tories, Blairites and the “Centre-Ground” Myth

October 7, 2015

It is all about narrative. The current narrative within British politics is that the Tory Party has captured the “centre ground” of politics, a place vacated by Labour’s “lurch to the left.” It is yet another example of a narrative and trap being set by Tories and right wing commentators to hoodwink the public into […]

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The Album Collection: #26 – New Order, Music Complete

October 6, 2015

After a summer hiatus, we welcome you all back to the next in our series of The Album Collection. We also welcome back New Order. New Order have just released their finest album since back in the days when I was casually drinking Diamond White down at the local village park. Music Complete is a […]

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Week 40: Villain – The NRA

October 5, 2015

Yep, this week’s unanimous winners of our Villain of the Week award are the National Rifle Association of North America. Another week, another massacre of innocent people by some loony with an arsenal of deadly weapons.Last week it was the students of Umpqua Community College, Douglas County, Oregan. Next week? Who knows, but you can […]

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Week 40: Hero – John McDonnell

October 4, 2015

This week’s hero of the week award goes to the Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, for delivering an impressive keynote speech at Labour Party Conference – where he provided an insightful critique of the economy in the UK and delivered a withering attack on George Osborne’s austerity ideology. “I found the Conservatives’ rant against Jeremy’s proposal […]

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