From the monthly archives:

January 2016

Week 5: Prat – David Cameron

January 31, 2016

Our prat of the week award goes to David Cameron for stating at PMQs that the refugees in Calais were nothing more than a “bunch of migrants.” David Cameron has a CV stuffed full of Bullingdon Club sneering gaffs. Whether it is “swarm” or “bunch” of migrants; “terrorist sympathisers”; “calm down dear” or allegedly sticking […]

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2016 USA primaries: #1 – Iowa

January 31, 2016

Tomorrow sees the first test in the 2016 US presidential race: the Iowa caucuses. THE HAWKEYE STATE Of the 48 contiguous US states, the Hawkeye State is the one I’ve spent least time in: a train journey across the south of the state and a few hours in Council Bluffs. For many Americans, they will have […]

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#1064: 1982, The Clash, Straight To Hell

January 30, 2016

In another time and another place, I spend the summer in Bow working for a computer wholesaler. My first year at University has ended and I have decided to stay in London rather than go home, which has caused a bit of unhappiness with my mother. My job is to deal with customer complaints. I […]

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Week 4: Villain – Google

January 25, 2016

This week, Google earn our regular award for villainy Quite often when I write a post, I’ll Google to check my facts. The fact that I’ve used ‘Google’ as a verb there shows just how ubiquitous the search engine is. And when I typed in the words “Google tax” Google helpfully gave some potential additional […]

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Week 4: Hero – Jeremy Corbyn

January 24, 2016

This week’s hero of the week award goes to Jeremy Corbyn for visiting the Calais ‘Jungle’ and Grande-Synthe (Dunkirk) refugee camps and for his call for a more concerted effort by Britain to tackle the problem of the refugee crisis. Corbyn may be swamped by the internal destructive forces within the Labour Party, but no […]

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George East’s Top 50 Albums of 2015: #50-#41

January 24, 2016

Delayed for a bit to allow for our David Bowie tribute theme week, it is now time for the main act. After ample support provided by my Top 10 Tracks and Top 10 Gigs, we move on to my no doubt hotly anticipated (and definitive) top 50 albums of 2015 list. 2015 was I think […]

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Week 3: Hero – Junior Doctors

January 19, 2016

This Week’s Hero of the Week award goes to the junior doctors for their strike over Jeremy Hunt’s attempt to impose new contractual conditions on them Back in November 98% of junior doctors voted for strike action over Jeremy Hunt’s attempt to impose a new contract on them. 98%! The figure rose to 99% on […]

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Week 3: Villain – Jeremy Hunt

January 19, 2016

This week’s villain is the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt. As well as being the subject of the greatest spoonerism known to man, Jeremy Hunt is proving himself to be a villainous Secretary of State for Health. At the election the Tories declared that they were going to introduce a 7 day NHS. […]

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Week 3: Prat – Hillary Clinton

January 17, 2016

This week, Presidential favourite wins our regular Prat of the Week award for putting it all needlessly at risk… Tonight, there is a debate between the three main Democratic presidential hopefuls (Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley) in Charleston, South Carolina. Whilst Clinton still has a reasonable lead over the field in national polls, […]

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All That’s Left Favourite Bowie Song: Poll Results

January 17, 2016

As part of our David Bowie Tribute Week, we have been running a Twitter poll asking – “What is your favourite David Bowie song.” 32 songs were initially shortlisted, and after a series of polls and a staggering 11,000 votes over four days, we were left with a final of four songs. Here are the […]

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#1063: 1971, David Bowie, The Bewlay Brothers

January 17, 2016

One of the saddest, most profoundly moving songs of all time. The Bewlay Brothers is a track from the stupendous Hunky Dory album by David Bowie released in 1971. The song is reputedly a fictionalised account of Bowie’s relationship with his schizophrenic brother, Terry – who killed himself in 1965. It was Terry who introduced […]

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#1062: 1980, David Bowie, Ashes To Ashes

January 16, 2016

Our Songs to Learn and Sing this week have been a tribute to the genius of David Bowie. Including the four posted so far this week, we have featured fifteen Bowie songs over the years on this blog (see the list at the end of this post) but have somehow not featured this piece of […]

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#1061: 1986, David Bowie, Underground

January 14, 2016

I wanted to post something slightly different in our week of tributes to the life and work of David Bowie – so, I turned to Mrs North and asked her which was her favourite Bowie song – ‘Underground, from Labyrinth’ she answered without hesitation. I don’t normally allow Mrs North to get too close to […]

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#1060: 1975, David Bowie, Young Americans

January 13, 2016

Continuing our tribute theme week on Songs To Learn and Sing, here’s another instalment in Bowie’s ever-changing career, the self-proclaimed ‘plastic soul’ period. Number 4 in my personal top 10, I see that it also features in Charlie’s and George’s lists. Far from being a phony imitation, this is a great soul record, frantic and […]

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What Should Jeremy Do Next?

January 13, 2016

There are some who may answer this with a single word. There are others who may accuse me of being some kind of Tory to even deigning to offer some advice for the Leader of the Labour Party. They are both wrong – Jeremy Corbyn is whether you like it or not, the Leader of […]

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Poll: What Is Your Favourite David Bowie Song?

January 13, 2016

……………………………………………………………………. This week, we are running a poll on Twitter to find the most popular David Bowie song. 32 songs have been chosen and the overall winner will be announced on All That’s Left on Sunday. Please go to @all_thats_left_ on Twitter and vote! …………………………………………………………………….

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#1059: 1976, David Bowie, Wild Is The Wind

January 12, 2016

So on to the second song in our David Bowie tribute theme week. David Bowie’s history of cover versions is, to be honest, a bit hit and miss. His album of covers, Pin Ups, feels like what it was: the end of the road for the Ziggy Stardust era. With the exception of his great […]

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Week 2: Prat – The Labour Leadership

January 12, 2016

Our award for the biggest Prat’s of last week goes to the Labour Party Leadership, with a honourable mention to the rest of the Parliamentary Labour Party. I’ve really wanted Jeremy Corbyn to succeed, I really have. In the countless debates we’ve had amongst ourselves at Allthatsleft I’ve tried my best to defend him – […]

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Farewell David Bowie: Death Will Never Kill His Beauty

January 12, 2016

Friday: David Bowie released Blackstar and I spent a large part of the weekend listening to it. It is a fantastic album full of texture and depth. The album has a clear theme on it. It feels like a concept album on mortality and death. He knew before we all knew. Bowie was so ahead […]

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#1058: 2015, David Bowie, Lazarus

January 11, 2016

As a lifelong massive fan of David Bowie, I am struggling to comprehend the sad news of his death. I absolutely love his music. A back catalogue of utter genius. Heroes is one of my favourite albums ever. Heroes, Blackout and Life on Mars are three of my favourite songs of all time. Even right […]

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#1057: 2015, Squeeze, Cradle to the Grave

January 11, 2016

For all the media’s ignoring of the social damage being wrecked by the Housing and Planning Bill, and Labour’s determination to detract attention from it through its own internecine quarrels, Sunday’s Andrew Marr show did feature some people willing to make a stand. With David Cameron on the sofa, Squeeze played out with the title track […]

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Week 2: Villain – The Tories

January 10, 2016

This week, the Conservatives win our award for the greatest villains of the last seven days You would be given for missing it, given the media’s obsession with the inner turmoil of the Labour Party rather than anything the actual government of our country is actually doing, but this week has seen the House of […]

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Week 2: Hero – Barack Obama

January 10, 2016

This week’s hero of the week is Barack Obama for emotionally announcing new measures to curb gun violence across the America. Once again, Obama’s speech was spot on, but what everyone will remember from this speech is that Barack Obama shed a tear. Obama has a fantastic way with words. His great speeches will be […]

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Ray North’s Crystal Ball: Predictions for 2016

January 10, 2016

My predictions for 2016 appear rather later than usual, which makes me ponder the age old question, can you still make a relevant prediction for the new year on January 10th. Well, I’ve pondered, and decided that I can… so, here is my traditional list of Nostradamus like musings about the things that may, and […]

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George East’s Top 10 Gigs of 2015

January 10, 2016

So my top 10 tracks of 2015 have been posted (and having played the Spotify playlist of them a few times, I’m pretty pleased with the list I can tell you – cracking stuff), my (definitive) top 50 albums of the year are still to come. But now it is time for my top 10 […]

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#1056: 1969, Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now

January 9, 2016

There I was, a couple of weeks before Christmas, wandering down the road near my place of work, it was about 11am and the town was just starting to get busy with the mass-hysteria of pre-Christmas shopping. And that’s when I saw it. Scorpio Records. A new independent record shop, selling not only vinyl records […]

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Week 1: Prat – Simon Danczuk

January 9, 2016

A bit belated, but, the first Prat of the Year award goes to Rochdale MP, Simon Danczuk. Normally, we wouldn’t trouble ourselves on this site with the sexual peccadillos of politicians, I mean trying shag anything that moves is to many MPs what wearing two diamond studded earrings is to a footballer. But, there is […]

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Hero of the Year Award 2015

January 7, 2016

So to the final of our annual awards, our heroes of the year.   2015 was, on the whole, a pretty bad year for the left.  Labour started the year with Ed Miliband favoured to become Prime Minister and with a Tory majority government considered to be all but impossible.  Of course that was exactly what […]

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Week 1: Villain – Saudi Arabia

January 7, 2016

The first Villain of the Week Award for 2016 goes to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for executing 47 people on the second day of the year With all the focus on ISIS it is sometimes easy to forget that one of the UK’s closest allies operates a barbarous and medieval justice system, not a […]

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Villain of the Year Award 2015

January 4, 2016

Now we’ve lauded the sportsmen and women, laughed at the prats and applauded the heroes, let’s turn our attentions to this years villains. Our annual Villain of the Year Award is always an indication of all that is wrong with the world – past winners include President Assad of Syria, Benjamin Netanyahu and David Cameron, […]

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