From the monthly archives:

March 2016

Week 13: Prat – Allison Pearson

March 28, 2016

Our prat of the week goes to columnist Allison Pearson for tweeting this immediately after the terrorist attacks on Brussels: @allisonpearson Brussels, de facto capital of the EU, is also the jihadist capital of Europe. And the Remainers dare to say we’re safer in the EU! #Brexit Classy eh? Making political capital out of a […]

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Week 13: Villain – ISIS

March 28, 2016

This week, the bloody atrocities carried out by Islamic State and its offshoots in Brussels and Lahore make them our villains of the week We had a debate this week on who our villain would be. Unlike other weeks, it clearly was not going to be a domestic politician – both candidates have been responsible […]

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Week 12: Hero – Barack Obama

March 22, 2016

This week’s hero is the President of the USA, Barack Obama. At the moment when I think of Barry O, I think two things: first, I think, (scrunched up disappointed face), ‘oh what a disappointment that was,’ then, I think, ‘fuck me, I wish he was staying for another term.’ History will probably, just about, […]

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Week 12: Prat – Jeremy Corbyn

March 21, 2016

This week, the Labour Party leader wins our dubious award for being the most significant prat of the last seven days Before being too unkind, I want to say that I want Jeremy Corbyn to succeed. I think I am the only one of the regular contributors to this blog to have been to my […]

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Week 12: Villain – George Osborne

March 21, 2016

This week’s villain award goes to George Osborne for overseeing the collapse of his 2016 Budget statement due to the bitterness surrounding disability cuts and the subsequent resignation of Iain Duncan Smith. For one of the few times in his gilded political career, George Osborne is in a marginalised position of weakness. When he sat […]

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#1071: 2012, Savages, Husbands

March 19, 2016

2016 has been a busy old time for us all here at All That’s Left one way and another in our lives beyond this blog, hence our frankly shameful lack of output this year. For me, it has also meant that I haven’t been to any gigs this year until Thursday. But what a great […]

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Week 11: Hero – New Zealand

March 15, 2016

This week’s Hero of the Week is New Zealand for showing the world the way on zero hours contracts The government of New Zealand is a one of the centre-right, led by Prime Minister John Key since 2008. His National Party is the master of all it surveys, crushing the opposition Labour Party in the […]

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Week 11: Prat – Maria Sharapova

March 15, 2016

This week’s prat award goes to the Women’s Tennis star, Maria Sharapova. Just when you thought you had a good handle about which performancing enhancing drugs you could and couldn’t take, the next time you are putting in your training for whichever Olympic event you are currently considering, a new one comes along. This time […]

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So, are you still a unilateralist?

March 15, 2016

I pose this question because, for the first time in a few decades the issue of nuclear weapons has started to gain major traction in the public debate. My prediction is that, due to the fact that Jeremy Corbyn is a self-confessed and committed unilateralist, it is going to become an increasingly significant issue, and […]

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Week 11: Villain – George Osborne

March 14, 2016

This week, for the third week running, the Chancellor of the Exchequer wins our award for being the greatest villain of the last seven days Our regular Villain of the Week award is beginning to feel a bit like the naughty school kid who keeps on having to visit the headteacher’s office. “All right, Osborne. […]

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#1070: 1978, Earth Wind and Fire, September

March 13, 2016

There have been a number of sad deaths of music greats this year so far. We have paid tribute to David Bowie, Paul Katner and Signe Toly Anderson from Jefferson Airplane and George Martin. In addition Glen Frey of the Eagles and this week prog-keyboard legend Keith Emerson passed away (the latter from suicide apparently). […]

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Week 10: Villain – George Osborne

March 13, 2016

Last Week’s Villain of the Week Award goes to the chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne Not exactly unfamiliar with this Award, is our loathed too clever by half chancellor.  In fact by my count this is not only his second win in  a row, but I make it the 24th time he’s won overall. […]

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Week 9: Hero – Vincente Fox

March 13, 2016

The belated Hero of the Week Award for a fortnight ago goes to former Mexican President, Vincente Fox for telling it like it is about Donald Trump The Donald Trump phenomenon gets ever more scary, as the candidate once dismissed as a joke seems inexorably now to be headed for the Republican nomination for President, […]

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#1069: 1963, The Beatles, Please Please Me

March 9, 2016

George Martin has died today, aged 90. I have to say, we went mental on these pages about David Bowie and his influence on music and popular culture, which was quite right, but, in my opinion, the influence of George Martin is just as profound. Without the wonderful production of Martin, the Beatles wouldn’t have […]

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Week 10: Prat – Marco Rubio

March 9, 2016

This week’s Prat, unanimously voted for by the Allthatsleft Committee, is Marco Rubio. And, let’s face it, Little Marco hasn’t exactly had many people voting for him in the last seven days, so he may be pleased to hear that he has received the unanimous endorsement from us here at Allthatsleft. The American Presidential Election […]

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Week 10: Hero – Paul Mason

March 6, 2016

This week’s hero award goes to former Newsnight, Channel 4 and now freelance journalist, Paul Mason, for his stinging response to George Osborne’s comment that he was a “revolutionary Marxist”. George Osborne delivered a rather lame, yet typically Osborne-esque joke in Parliament during this week’s Treasury questions:- “The fact that the Labour Party is now […]

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