From the monthly archives:

December 2015

Cine-East Film Club Presents #67: 2015, Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens (JJ Abrams)

December 31, 2015

Lor San Tekka: ‘This will begin to make things right’ So after all of the waiting and anticipation it has arrived.  This post has been deliberately held back until all of the Allthatsleft team had seen the film, and hopefully most of our readers who are interested, have also done so.  If not stop reading […]

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#1054: 1972, Hawkwind, Silver Machine

December 29, 2015

Unless you’ve been living on another planet, you will have heard that Ian Kilmister, aka Lemmy, died yesterday from an extremely aggressive canver that was only diagnosed on Boxing Day. He had turned 70 on Christmas Eve. It was a life lived to the full (he barely remembers roadie-ing for Hendrix due to his excesses at the […]

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Week 52: Hero – Podemos

December 29, 2015

This week, the Spanish anti-austerity party Podemos win our Hero award Last week’s Spanish general election saw an inconclusive result. The conservative (and successors to Franco’s fascists) People’s Party, in power since 2011 with a sizable majority, lost over a third of both its support and its seats. The other major party of post-Franco politics, […]

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Week 52: Villain – David Cameron

December 29, 2015

Our final 2015 villain of the week award goes to David Cameron for a multitude of villainy – for his rambling Christmas ‘Christian nation’ Christmas message; going to Rupert Murdoch’s Christmas party like the hacking scandal had never happened; issuing a Knighthood to Lynton Crosby and arrogantly traipsing around flood hit Britain offering soundbites about […]

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Week 52: Prat – Jeremy Corbyn

December 29, 2015

The final Prat of the Week award goes to Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn for not shutting the fuck up One thing remarkable about the new Labour leadership is just how incompetent it is. There are all kinds of things that can be said about the ideological direction of the Labour Party under Jeremy […]

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#1053: 1985, Bruce Springsteen, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

December 24, 2015

My kids are very excited right now. The big man is up in the sky riding with the reindeers and if my kids have been good, he is heading towards them right now. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town was written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie and was first sung on Eddie Cantor’s […]

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Prosecuting The Dead

December 22, 2015

Greville Janner is dead, but, hey, let’s not let that stand in the way of a good prosecution. Says who? Says the CPS, who, having a few months ago decided (rightly in my opinion) not to bother to prosecute him at all because of his mental health and infirmity, have now gone totally the other […]

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#1052: 2012, Emeli Sande, Read All About It

December 22, 2015

Not an obvious choice for me. My middle son Iorweth is an interesting child – small, quick as a pin and as bright as button, he has his Irish grandmother’s propensity to fight anyone who he believes has wronged him (or someone near to him) and is clearly destined one day to be a doughty […]

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Week 51: Heroes – The French Electorate

December 21, 2015

The French electorate win our award for Hero of the Week, following their tactical voting in last Sunday’s regional elections It might seem a little strange celebrating the French electorate at the moment that they make a rightward turn. In 2010’s regional elections, the Socialist Party won control of twenty regions. This time they only […]

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Week 51: Prat – Vladimir Putin

December 20, 2015

This week’s Prat is the Russian President Vladimir Putin. I have to say that I’m quite nervous about writing this – after all, people who take the piss out of Vladimir usually end up in Siberia or on the wrong end of a Polonium cuppa – but, Vladimir, who is a natural prat, has excelled […]

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Week 51: Villain – Lucy Allan

December 20, 2015

This week’s villain award goes to Tory MP, Lucy Allan, for allegations that she bullied her staff – which comes after claims that she faked claims of a death threat from a constituent. A recording has been released where Allan is berating a staff member for being absent from work and questioning whether she was […]

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2015: A Year in Review

December 20, 2015

As we reach the fag end days of 2015, it is time to over indulge, be merry and share some artery clogging treats with our loved ones. It is also a time to take stock and reflect on what has been a tumultuous and at times dispiritingly confusing year. Welcome to our Christmas circular review […]

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A Force Re-Awakens?

December 15, 2015

 “I’m sorry, but I’m not going to watch the Clone Wars TV series until I’ve seen the Clone Wars movie. I prefer to let George Lucas disappoint me in the order he intended.” (The Big Bang Theory) This week’s premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has got a number of the All That’s Left […]

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Week 50: Prat – Rep. Loretta Sanchez

December 15, 2015

This week, US Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez wins our award for being the biggest prat of the last seven days After three weeks running of the British Left winning our prat of the week, we cross the pond for this week’s award. Sadly, though, it is still the left receiving the award, with Californian Democratic congresswoman […]

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#1051: 1965, The Beatles, Nowhere Man

December 14, 2015

Not a comment on Jeremy Cobryn but instead inspired by Jackie’s post of Land in tribute to the 40th anniversary of the release of his favourite album of all time, Patti Smith’s Horses, I have decided to mark this month’s other major musical landmark: the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ album that […]

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Week 50: Hero – Justin Trudeau

December 14, 2015

This Week’s Hero the Week is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for showing some rare decency amongst world leaders on Syrian refugees Justin Trudeau has done two notable things in foreign policy terms since he became Canada’s Prime Minister at the beginning of last month.  Firstly, he withdrew Canadian forces from the bombing of Syria. […]

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Week 49: Prat – The Stop The War Coalition

December 14, 2015

Last Week’s Prat of the Week Award goes to the Stop the War Coalition for showing ISIS some love Let’s be honest for those of us on the democratic left, there are few things more annoying than trots.   Always hijacking every protest going, selling their asinine papers, chanting their trite slogans, bringing along a thousands […]

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Week 48: Prat – John McDonnell MP

December 14, 2015

The long overdue Prat of the Week award from a fortnight ago goes to Labour’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell You’ve got the chancellor of the exchequer exactly where you want him. He has u-turned on the centre piece policy of his ‘necessary’ welfare cuts, the abolition of tax credits. The bullshit that somehow a measily […]

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Week 50: Villain – Donald Trump

December 14, 2015

This week’s Villain is the Republican presidential hopeful and multi-millionaire Donald Trump. I suppose this has been a long time coming: Donald Trump has been striding the length and breadth of America offending people with his brand of populist bigotry, nonsense and extreme variety of political bullshit. He has managed to enrage women, Jews, Hispanics […]

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#1050: 1975, Patti Smith, Land

December 13, 2015

It’s been almost a fortnight since our last Song to Learn and Sing, so I’m jumping the queue of our usual order of posting songs to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of my favourite album of all time: on 13 December 1975, Patti Smith released Horses. Land, or to use its full title Land: Horses/ Land […]

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Week 49: Villain – David Cameron

December 8, 2015

This week, the Prime Minister picks up our regular award for the greatest villain of the last seven days Last week’s debate on whether we should start air strikes saw many great speeches from both sides of the argument. Sadly, there were many also in the ten and a half hours of debate that were […]

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Week 48: Villain – George Osborne

December 8, 2015

Last Week’s Villain was the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne Sorry that this has taken over a week to post – it’s my fault, my resignation is in the post and I ask for a number of other offences to be taken into consideration. Anyway before you sentence me, let’s turn our minds back […]

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Week 49: Hero – Hilary Benn

December 6, 2015

Our hero of the week award goes to the Shadow Foreign Secretary, Hilary Benn, for delivering a barnstorming closing speech to the Syria airstrikes debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday. It can be argued that Hilary Benn has always lived in the shadow of his father, Tony Benn. He is a man who, […]

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#1049: 2015, Benjamin Clementine, Winston Churchill’s Boy

December 1, 2015

Jesus this is good. The opening track of Benjamin Clementine’s recently announced Mercury Music Prize winning album. Can’t say I’m up to speed on all of this year’s short-list, but they would have been something very special to have beaten Clementine’s At Least For Now. This autobiographical song, including reworking of Churchill, is a song […]

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