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Week 45: Hero – Scottish Labour Party

November 12, 2015

This week, the Scottish Labour Party wins our regular hero award for voting to oppose the renewal of Trident Whilst the national Labour Party chose to avoid a debate on the renewal of Trident at Brighton this year, its increasingly independent Scottish entity took the plunge last week, and chose to vote against renewal. Labour […]

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Week 44: Hero – The All Blacks

November 1, 2015

Our heroes of the week are the New Zealand rugby team for becoming the first ever team to win back to back Rugby World Cups. We have just witnessed the greatest ever Rugby World Cup and we have probably witnessed the greatest ever rugby team winning the Rugby World Cup. The All Blacks are a […]

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Week 43: Hero – Justin Trudeau

October 31, 2015

Last week’s Hero of the Week award goes to Prime Minister elect of Canada and leader of the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau. We are currently in one of the low points for centre left politics across the developed world.   With the exception of Syriza in Greece, the right appears almost universally to be in the […]

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Week 42: Hero – Nicola Sturgeon

October 18, 2015

Our hero of the week is SNP Leader and Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, for coming up with the most perfect reposte to David Cameron during her SNP Conference Speech. Sturgeon said:- “The Prime Minister’s attitude to Scotland betrays the worst characteristics of his government – arrogant, patrician and out of touch. Pig-headed, some might […]

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Week 40: Hero – John McDonnell

October 4, 2015

This week’s hero of the week award goes to the Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, for delivering an impressive keynote speech at Labour Party Conference – where he provided an insightful critique of the economy in the UK and delivered a withering attack on George Osborne’s austerity ideology. “I found the Conservatives’ rant against Jeremy’s proposal […]

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Week 39: Hero – The Welsh Rugby Team

September 28, 2015

This Week’s Heroes are the Welsh Rugby Team. I’m grateful to the Allthatsleft Hero, Villain and Prat Sub-committee for allowing my nomination of the Welsh Rugby team to succeed – you see, they know how much that win means to me. It’s a funny thing being Welsh, funny and not always particularly positive – and […]

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Week 38: Hero – Japan Rugby Team

September 20, 2015

The heroes of the week are the Japan rugby team for causing the biggest ever upset in the history of rugby union by beating the mighty South Africa 34-32 in the Rugby World Cup. Sometimes sport can be quite magical. On Saturday afternoon, I arrived back home and switched on the television and noticed that […]

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Week 37: Hero – Jeremy Corbyn

September 14, 2015

This week’s hero of the week is the new leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn. Things you never think you’ll see – Jeremy Corbyn elected as leader of the Labour Party. For various reasons our blog has been quiet in recent weeks – but, all of us have been enthralled by the contest to […]

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Week 35: Hero – Mo Farah

August 30, 2015

Our hero of the week is the marvellous Mo Farah for becoming the most successful British athlete in global athletics championships and completing a unique treble double of major titles at 10,000m and 5,000m at two World Championships and an Olympics. “Mo Farah is the greatest sportsman Britain has ever had,” said Brendan Foster. “And […]

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Week 34: Hero – Usain Bolt

August 23, 2015

Our hero award goes to Usain Bolt for winning the 100m at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing and defeating the twice banned drugs cheat, Justin Gatlin, by one hundredth of a second. Muhammad Ali beat George Foreman with rope-a-dope. Usain Bolt beat Justin Gatlin with rope-a-doper. Usain Bolt is often compared to Muhammad Ali […]

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Week 33: Heroes – Cuba and USA

August 17, 2015

This week, the governments of Cuba and the USA jointly win our regular Hero award for their historic decision to reopen their respective embassies I’m in the United States at the moment: a country I have visited many times and love. Another American country I’ve been too and love is Cuba. But for the last […]

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Week 32: Hero – Stuart Broad & England Cricket Team

August 9, 2015

Our hero of the week award goes to Stuart Broad for his Ashes winning heroics and the England Cricket team for managing to rebuild a winning cricket team just 18 months after a 5-0 Ashes drubbing in Australia. Bonkers. Utterly bonkers. On Thursday morning, in the space of an hour, England had bowled out Australia […]

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Week 31: Hero – Chris Froome

August 2, 2015

Our hero of the week award goes to Chris Froome for winning a second Tour de France and stoically enduring the brutalities of the Tour and the constant sniping and skulduggery of the French cycling fraternity. It must really hurt the French. They haven’t seen one of their own win the Tour de France for […]

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Week 30: Hero – the 48 Labour Rebels

July 26, 2015

This week, our regular Hero award is bestowed on the 48 Labour MPs who broke the party whip on Monday How ever you look at it, the Parliamentary Labour Party screwed up massively last Monday in its decision to abstain on the first reading of the government’s Welfare and Work Bill, instigating an eye-watering £12bn […]

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Week 29: Hero – Mhairi Black & The SNP

July 19, 2015

This week’s hero award goes to Mhairi Black for delivering one of the finest and most memorable House of Commons maiden speeches in recent times, and to the SNP for forcing the Tories into scrapping a vote to bring back fox hunting and also announcing that all of their MPs would give their £7,000 pay […]

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Week 28: Heroes – Novak Djokovic & Roger Federer

July 12, 2015

This week’s hero (or heroes) award goes to Novak Djokovic for winning his third Wimbledon title and to Roger Federer for reminding everyone once again that he is an absolute genius at playing tennis. The Hero/Prat/Villain judging committee were going to give this award to Roger Federer after he produced one of the all time […]

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Week 27: Hero – Oxi voters in Greece

July 5, 2015

This week’s hero award goes to the 61% of Greek voters who have said “Oxi” to accepting the terms of a potential bailout deal from Eurozone creditors. Well there we have it. Once again, we should learn to never trust the polls. Despite a narrowing of the polls between the Yes and No on the […]

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Week 26: Hero – Supreme Court of the United States (or at least the majorities)

June 29, 2015

Last Week’s Hero of the Week Award goes to the supreme judicial body of the United States for two important decisions There have been so many dark moments for the Supreme Court of the United States in the last decade and a half.  Ever since the disgraceful decision in Bush v Gore which saw 5 […]

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Week 25: Hero – Jon Stewart

June 22, 2015

This Week’s Hero is the comedian and presenter of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart. Another day, another horrible massacre involving a young American sociopathic gun-totting racist, killing a clutch of innocent people. This time it was in Charleston, South Carolina (a place I’ve visited actually, and liked a lot), and the gun-totting lunatic was the […]

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Week 24: Hero – Hillary Clinton

June 14, 2015

This Week’s Hero of the Week is Democratic Party Presidential Nomination Contender, Hillary Clinton on the occasion of the formal launch of her bid for the Presidency Among the rather depressing spectacle of the candidates for the leadership of the Labour Party falling over themselves to embrace big business and Tory economic policy in order […]

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Week 23: Hero – Charlotte Church

June 7, 2015

Our hero of the week award goes to Charlotte Church for saying that she would pay 70% income tax if it meant protecting public services. Charlotte Church has become the leader of the opposition. While Labour continue to lick their wounds and hunt for a political compass after a catastrophic election defeat, Charlotte Church has […]

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Week 22: Hero – Nebraska

May 31, 2015

This week, the award for our greatest hero of the last seven days goes to the Cornhusker State, Nebraska Nebraska is a safely Republican state: it has voted for the Grand Old Party in all but one of the presidential elections since World War II. Its governor, senators and state-wide officials are all Republicans and 92 […]

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Week 21: Hero – The People of Ireland

May 24, 2015

This week’s hero of the week award goes to the people of Ireland – where 62% voted in favour of changing the constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. Well played Ireland. Well played indeed. The good people of Ireland have voted overwhelmingly to move their wonderful country into the 21st century. The […]

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Week 20: Hero – Steven Gerrard

May 18, 2015

This week’s hero is the retiring Liverpool and former England skipper – Steven Gerrard. I was listening to a radio phone-in the other week; the question being asked was ‘what would Steven Gerrard’s legacy be?’ and time and again, in response football fans from teams other than Liverpool were ringing up saying that Steven Gerrard […]

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Week 19: Hero – The Alberta New Democratic Party

May 10, 2015

This week’s Hero of the Week Award goes to a centre-left party who shows how the left can win in the most unlikely places This has been a grim week for those of us on the progressive left in the UK.   Polls which had promised that an election on a knife edge might produce a […]

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Week 18: Hero – Marilyn Mosby

May 3, 2015

Our Hero of the Week is Baltimore’s state’s attorney, Marilyn Mosby The speedy reaction of Baltimore’s senior prosecutor to the death of Freddie Gray was unexpected: previous deaths at police hands (such as that of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner) have failed to lead to the prosecution of the officers involved. Marilyn […]

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Week 17: Hero – #milifandom

April 26, 2015

The latest Twitter craze wins our Hero of the Week award For a general election where so much is at stake, the campaigns of the three (currently) largest Westminster parties all seem flat and underwhelming. You might be forgiven for forgetting that a Tory-Lib Dem Coalition version 2 will almost certainly spell the end of […]

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Week 16: Hero – Jimmy Anderson

April 19, 2015

This week’s hero is the English fast bowler Jimmy Anderson. There is something amazing about the sight of a fast bowler running up to the crease, all lithe and sinewy, face contorted, legs and arms pumping as he prepares to propel the cricket ball at speeds of up to 90mph at the stricken batsman. At […]

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Week 15: Hero – Ed Miliband

April 12, 2015

This Week’s Hero of the Week Award goes to Ed Miliband for taking the fight to the Tories and winning (the week at least) Many of us, including me, had assumed that Labour’s last vestiges of hope of removing this hideous government had disappeared. With the chances of a majority long gone as a result […]

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Week 14: Hero – The American and Iranian Governments

April 5, 2015

This week’s joint heroes are the governments of the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Iran.’ Nuclear weapons are bad. A fairly obvious statement, but I’m more than happy to make it, because, quite frankly, I don’t fancy seeing anyone getting blown up by a nuclear bomb any time soon. For the […]

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