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Week 24: Villain – Donald Trump

June 19, 2016

Last Week’s Villain of the Week was Donald Trump This is an Award we can be pretty sure that Donald Trump is going to win a lot between now and the General Election on the first Tuesday of November. He is the most egotistical, most bigoted and least suited candidate to have won the candidacy […]

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Villain: Week 23 – Tyson Fury

June 19, 2016

Villain of the Week for 2 weeks ago was Tyson Fury Tyson Fury is obviously a very talented boxer. But sadly he is also a bigot. He has in the past made a series of anti-semitic, misogynistic and homophobic comments.   Sadly, despite the controversy around his nomination for BBC Sports Personality of the Year for […]

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Week 22: Villain – Alexander Gauman

June 19, 2016

Week 22’s Villain of the Week Award went to Alexander Gauland, the Deputy leader of the AfD We are a few Villain of the Week Awards behind. This is wholly down to me and a crazy month. But in an attempt to catch up and rather pertinently given both the nasty racist rhetoric of a […]

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Week 21: Villain – The Leave Campaign

May 24, 2016

This week, the Brexit campaign wins our regular award for villainy There has been a lot of ridiculous hyperbole from both campaigns on the EU referendum. No, Mr Cameron, leaving the EU won’t leave to World War III. Mr Osborne, at a time when everyone agrees that London house prices are now so large that […]

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Week 19: Villain – Zac Goldsmith

May 13, 2016

This week, mayoral loser Frank Zacharias Robin Goldsmith MP wins our ward for villainy Politics of late gives us few reasons to be cheerful, so the victory of Sadiq Khan last week was a cause for great celebration. After eight years, my Labour-inclined home city finally has a Labour mayor again, and a serious politician […]

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Week 18: Villain – South Yorkshire Police

May 8, 2016

Last week’s Villains were the South Yorkshire Police What a bunch of bastards – and how wonderful that the inquest in the Hillsborough disaster finally and beyond doubt exposed the role they played in the death of 96 Liverpool fans in the FA Cup Semi-Final of 1988. First came the jury’s answer to the question […]

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Week 17: Villain – Boris Johnson

May 1, 2016

Last Week’s Villain of the Week is the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson What a depressing couple of weeks we have had, with racism front and centre. Zac Goldsmith abandoning the dog whistle for just straight up racism in his mayor campaign as he tries to associate Sadiq Khan with the 7/7 bombings and Ken […]

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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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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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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 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: 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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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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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: Villain – George Osborne

February 28, 2016

This week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer is our villain for announcing new spending cuts This week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the state of the world economy necessitated even further spending cuts, on top of those announced last year. Observers of Gideon Osborne may have noted a pattern here. When it is politically […]

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Week 8: Villain – Manny Pacquiao

February 21, 2016

Our villain of the week award goes to Filipino world champion boxer and politician, Manny Pacquiao, for repeating his opposition to homosexuality and for stating that gay people were “worse than animals”. Manny Pacquiao may be one of the all time great boxers, but he is not much of a role model. His bigoted views […]

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Week 7: Villain – Jeremy Hunt

February 19, 2016

Last Week’s Villain of the Week Award goes to the Health Secretary for once again living down to his Jim Naughtie name We have previously lauded the junior doctors for their industrial action in respect of the attempt by this government to bring in new working conditions, sold as a pay rise but which are […]

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Week 6: Villain – Julian Assange

February 8, 2016

‘This Week’s Villain of the Week Award goes to the Wikileaks founder and former resident of the Ecuador Embassy, Julian Assange.’ Julian Assange appears to have started life as an idealistic computer programmer and managed to become depending on your point of view, either a crusader for truth and clarion voice against the excesses of […]

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Week 5: Villain – Denmark

February 4, 2016

This Week’s Villain of the Week award goes to Denmark for its new migrant laws Scandinavia’s reputation as the closest the planet has to the ideal society seems increasingly a distant memory. You know the image of a social democratic welfare state with great public services and a focus on equality. Only a few years […]

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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 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 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 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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Week 52: Villain – David Cameron

December 29, 2015

Our final 2015 villain of the week award goes to David Cameron for a multitude of villainy – for his rambling Christmas ‘Christian nation’ Christmas message; going to Rupert Murdoch’s Christmas party like the hacking scandal had never happened; issuing a Knighthood to Lynton Crosby and arrogantly traipsing around flood hit Britain offering soundbites about […]

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Week 51: Villain – Lucy Allan

December 20, 2015

This week’s villain award goes to Tory MP, Lucy Allan, for allegations that she bullied her staff – which comes after claims that she faked claims of a death threat from a constituent. A recording has been released where Allan is berating a staff member for being absent from work and questioning whether she was […]

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Week 50: Villain – Donald Trump

December 14, 2015

This week’s Villain is the Republican presidential hopeful and multi-millionaire Donald Trump. I suppose this has been a long time coming: Donald Trump has been striding the length and breadth of America offending people with his brand of populist bigotry, nonsense and extreme variety of political bullshit. He has managed to enrage women, Jews, Hispanics […]

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Week 49: Villain – David Cameron

December 8, 2015

This week, the Prime Minister picks up our regular award for the greatest villain of the last seven days Last week’s debate on whether we should start air strikes saw many great speeches from both sides of the argument. Sadly, there were many also in the ten and a half hours of debate that were […]

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Week 48: Villain – George Osborne

December 8, 2015

Last Week’s Villain was the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne Sorry that this has taken over a week to post – it’s my fault, my resignation is in the post and I ask for a number of other offences to be taken into consideration. Anyway before you sentence me, let’s turn our minds back […]

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Week 47: Villain – The Daily Mail

November 22, 2015

This week’s villain award goes to the Daily Mail for publishing a cartoon of refugees as potential terrorists crossing into the EU with rats. The imagery within this cartoon is both disturbing and disgusting. Refugees as vermin? Rifles being carried on their backs? For fuck’s sake. This goes way beyond gutter journalism. This cartoon has […]

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Week 46 – Villain: ISIS

November 20, 2015

This Week’s Villain of the Week Award goes to ISIS for the horrific attacks on Paris. A gig.  A football match. Three restaurants.  These were the targets of the terrorist attacks on Paris last Friday.  Ordinary places where ordinary Parisians were spending their leisure time. The attacks were not targeted on political figures or the […]

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