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Week 24: Hero – Welsh Football Fans

June 15, 2016

Last week’s Hero of the Week Award goes to the 50,000 Welsh football fans who gathered in France to celebrate their nation’s first appearance at a major football tournament for 58 years. I hope that this award doesn’t signal the kiss of death for the Welsh fans, because, thus far, they’ve been amazing, a source […]

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Week 23: Hero – Mohammed Ali

June 9, 2016

Last week’s Hero without doubt, former Heavy Weight Champion of the World, Mohammed Ali. Mohammed Ali died last week. A man who has been a hero in three decades of illness as he was in the previous three decades of near physical perfection. Mohammed Ali is one of those few sportsmen who managed to transcend […]

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Week 22: Hero – Barack Obama

June 3, 2016

This week, the US president wins our regular award for heroism We will miss Barry O when his term of office ends in less than eight months time. Whilst he has occasionally stumbled, by and large he has been a class act. Last week was another demonstration of that: during his tour of Japan and Vietnam, he […]

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Week 21: Hero – Kirsty Williams AM

May 31, 2016

Our hero of the week for last week is the Welsh Lib-Dem AM, Kirsty Williams. I feel sorry for Kirsty, in the last couple of years she has watched as madness gripped first her party, then the Welsh Assembly. It must seem to her as though the type of politics that she signed up for […]

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Week 20: Hero – Laura Sarosi

May 19, 2016

This week’s hero is the little known, well at least down our way, Hungarian badminton player, Laura Sarosi On a day when it is announced that 35 people have tested positive for banned substances and will miss the Rio Olympics and after watching a Sevilla player take forty five seconds to walk off a football […]

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Week 19: Hero – Leicester City FC

May 11, 2016

Our hero of the week award goes to Leicester City for winning the Premier League. From 5000-1 outsiders to Premier League Champions. It is some story. it is possibly the great ever surprise title win in the history of English football. But Leicester are not a bunch of pub players who have got lucky. It […]

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Week 18: Hero – Hillsborough 96

May 3, 2016

Our hero award goes to the families and friends of the 96 Liverpool fans who were “unlawfully killed” at the FA Cup Semi Final at Hillsborough in 1989. 27 years. 27 long years for the families and friends of the Hillsborough 96 who have tenaciously campaigned and waited for justice to be served. On April […]

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Week 17: Hero – Barack Obama

May 1, 2016

Last week, the US President won our regular hero award Part of the Brexit narrative is that breaking ties with the European Union does not matter as a trans-Atlantic trading partnership would serve us just as well. Another part of that narrative is that the UK is at least as well-placed as the EU to make trade […]

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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: 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 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 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 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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Week 8: Hero – Pope Francis

February 22, 2016

This week’s Hero of the Week award goes to the Pope. We don’t really go for religion on these pages, but, credit where it is due, Pope Francis seems like a fairly progressive and enlightened guy (as Vicar’s of God, leaders of the on true faith etc go), and does genuinely appear to be genuinely […]

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Week 7: Hero – Liverpool FC Fans

February 16, 2016

This weeks heroes are the Liverpool Fans. By Liverpool Fans, I mean proper fans, I do not mean customers of Anfield Road, Liverpool, I do not mean the eaters of prawn sandwiches or those who leave early and spend a third of the match in hospitality; no I mean those who really care – because […]

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Week 6: Hero – Leicester City

February 8, 2016

This week’s hero award goes to Leicester City for beating title favourites Manchester City 3-1 and continuing their run at the top of the Premier League. Claudio Ranieri’s team are a breath of fresh air. Here we have a team that at this stage last season looked destined for relegation, were previously tipped for relegation […]

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Week 5: Hero – Greek Footballers

February 2, 2016

‘…. And in particular the footballers of AEL Larissa and Acharnaikos’ It is rare for Footballers to proffer an opinion which goes beyond an anodyne musing that the game consisted of two halves or that the lads gave 110%, unless of course it has to do with their pay, when many suddenly become extremely vocal. […]

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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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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 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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Week 1: Hero – Ben Stokes

January 3, 2016

Our first hero of the week for 2016 is Ben Stokes for hitting the fastest double century for England, the second fastest in history, on day two of the second Test with South Africa in Cape Town. Stokes raced to 200 in only 163 balls to beat Ian Botham’s 220-ball record. He eventually made 258 […]

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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 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 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: 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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Week 48: Hero – Andy Murray

November 29, 2015

This week’s hero of the week award goes to Andy Murray for winning every single one of his Davis Cup doubles and singles matches throughout 2015 and which culminated with Great Britain winning the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936. Britain are the word champions of tennis. This is a bloody bizarre statement […]

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Week 47: Hero – Barack Obama

November 22, 2015

This week, the US president wins our award for acting as the greatest hero of the last seven days Not for the first time (the thirteenth in fact, although he has also picked up a couple of our weekly prat awards as well along the way), President Barack Obama has won our weekly award for […]

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Week 46: Hero – The People of Paris

November 17, 2015

They met yesterday in the cafés and bars, on the streets and in the famous parks. In the Place de la Concord, they started to spontaneously sing their wonderful anthem, quietly at first, then louder, before heartily, defiantly, pledging their desire to be French, to be Parisians, to be free and to march on. No […]

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