From the monthly archives:

April 2016

Hillsborough: Finally Justice, Now Accountability

April 27, 2016

For years, some Manchester United fans have engaged in an invidious little chant aimed at Liverpool fans that goes, ‘always the victim, never to blame.’ Well, finally, that chant should be put to rest – Liverpool fans were the victims, and they are not to blame. The decision of the jury at the Hillsborough inquest […]

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3000 children: how the Tories have made me ashamed to be British….

April 26, 2016

Last night in the House of Lords, Lord Alf Dubs tabled an amendment to the Immigration Bill allowing for 3000 unaccompanied Syrian Children, who had fled from one of the worst areas of conflagration on the planet, to be allowed into this country. The Tories opposed the amendment and it was subsequently defeated. 3000 children […]

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Week 16: Villain – Zac Goldsmith

April 25, 2016

Last week’s Villain of the week award went to Tory Mayoral Candidate, Zac Goldsmith. Zac Goldsmith was billed as the clean cut, attractive face of modern Toryism: young, popular, charming, intelligent, seemingly normal and cosmopolitan. Indeed, he once triumphed, or appeared to, a breed of enviro-friendly Conservatism, something that kind of went the same way […]

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#1074: 1987, Prince, Sign ‘☮’ The Times

April 25, 2016

Prince RIP. Prince was quite possibly the most difficult artist to pigeonhole. Throughout his incredible career, he was a musical magpie hopping around rock, pop, R&B, funk, soul, jazz, blues, disco and gospel. Personally, like most people, I love his imperial phase through the 1980s – where he produced some of the best albums of […]

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Week 17: Prat – Eamonn Holmes

April 25, 2016

This week’s prat award goes to Eamonn Holmes for saying that Prince was “more of a girls’ artist” and that “men couldn’t relate to his flamboyancy.” A comment straight out of the straightjacket of the 1950s. His comment alludes to a number of Luddite options – that being a girls’ artist is in some way […]

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Week 15: Prat – David Cameron

April 25, 2016

The winner of Week 15’s Prat of the Week is…. our Prime Minister, HHJ David Cameron. First, big apologies this should have been posted a couple of weeks ago when this story was fresh and causing a fair bit of wobbling amongst the Tory hierarchy. Alas, we were a bit Labour-like in our failure to […]

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Week 15: Hero – Bruce Springsteen

April 24, 2016

The Hero of the Week Award  for Week 15 goes to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen for his principled stance against bigotry A couple of months ago the City of Charlotte in North Carolina passed a city ordinance outlawing discrimination on the grounds of sexuality.  This brought a swift reaction from the Republicans and the Christian […]

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Week 14: Hero – Governor Jerry Brown

April 24, 2016

The Hero of the Week Award for Week 14 went to Democratic Governor of California, Jerry Brown (and the Democratic controlled legislature) ‘I am Governor Jerry Brown, my aura smiles, but never frowns….’ So goes the first line of California Uber Alles the blistering first single from West Coast Hard Core legends, The Dead Kennedys. […]

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Week 13: Hero – Johan Cruyff

April 24, 2016

The Hero of the Week Award for Week 13 went to Dutch footballing phenomenon, Johan Cruyff You may have noticed a drying up of regular postings on this site.  That is because both the regular contributors to it have been all more than unusually busy with work and life stuff and also because with a […]

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Week 16: Prat – Nigel Farage

April 23, 2016

The UKIP leader again wins our Prat of the Week award for outstanding idiocy We learned something new about the Brexit-ers this week: they are pretty ignorant of history, particularly US history. We had the increasingly ridiculous Boris Johnson accuse Barack Obama of hypocrisy for making the case for the UK to remain in the […]

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Jeremy Corbyn is growing into the job of Labour Leader

April 18, 2016

“I actually paid more tax than some companies owned by people he might now quite well.” Jeremy Corbyn, PMQs, April 13th, 2016 There. In a nutshell. Jeremy Corbyn uttered quite possibly the most witheringly perfect slap down of David Cameron and George Osborne’s grubby tax arrangements. “You know what he is really jealous of? That […]

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#1073: 2016, Iggy Pop, Gardenia

April 18, 2016

Gardenia comes from Iggy Pop’s recently released superb album Post Pop Depression. It is quite possibly the most David Bowie Berlin era sounding song ever recorded by someone who isn’t David Bowie. Iggy Pop co-wrote and recorded the album with Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and it completely recaptures his Berlin era collaborations […]

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Week 16: Hero – Liverpool FC

April 18, 2016

Liverpool Football Club are our heroes of the week for coming back from 3-1 down to beat Borussia Dortmund 4-3 in the Quarter Finals of the Europa League. There is something rather special about big European football nights at Anfield. Liverpool have a gluttonous back catalogue of glorious European triumphs and have now reached a […]

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Week 15: Villain – Caffe Nero

April 11, 2016

This week, coffee chain Caffe Nero receives our regular award for villainy I have a minor confession – amongst my weaknesses arising from my ridiculously sweet tooth is the Sicilian Lemon Cheescake served by Caffe (with two ‘f’s) Nero. Frankly, if I’ve been shopping somewhere and fancy a tea afterwards, there is nothing better than a […]

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#1072: 1969, Merle Haggard, Hungry Eyes

April 6, 2016

Country legend Merle Haggard sadly died today, on his 79th birthday, from pneumonia complications. Somehow, we have got to song 1072 without a song by the Hag, and so this tribute is well over due. Haggard often gets a bad rap from the left: his most iconic song, Okie from Muskogee about a conservative Oklahoman view […]

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Week 14: Villain, Sajid Javid

April 5, 2016

Thiss week’s Villain is the Minister for Trade, Sajid Javid. About twenty minutes drive from me is Shotton Steelworks, I pass it when I take my family for walks at the wonderful Wepre Park – Wepre Park is a beautiful natural valley with a wonderful 14th Century castle lying ruined at the top of the […]

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Week 14: Prat – Paul Dacre

April 4, 2016

  Prat of the week goes to Daily Mail editor, and arch Eurosceptic, Paul Dacre for receiving £88,000 in EU subsidies in 2014. Pot kettle, kettle pot. The editor of a newspaper that is the self proclaimed hater of all things EU goes “cap” in hand to Brussels. Paul Dacre has an estate on which […]

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