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.VILLAIN

Week 45: Villain – General Sir Nicholas Houghton

November 20, 2015

Last Week’s Villain of the Week Award goes to the Chief of the Defence Staff, Sir Nicholas Houghton One of the defining differences between developed democracies and authoritarian regimes is that the armed forces in democracy don’t involve themselves in politics. It is one of the reasons that the impression given in certain countries in […]

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Week 44: Villain – George Osborne

November 7, 2015

  Last week’s Villain of the Week Award goes to George Osborne, for his authoritarian and dishonest determination to see through the cuts to tax credits You can spend all the time you like reading the Conservative manifesto from May’s election and you won’t find a whisper about cutting tax credits. There is a reference […]

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Week 43: Villain – David Cameron

October 25, 2015

Our villain of the week is David Cameron – for a number of different reasons:- i) taking delight in the working tax credit cuts at PMQs ii) English Votes for English Laws (EVEL) – effectively sounding the alarm bell for the end of the Union. iii) Considering suspending the House of Lords if they vote […]

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Week 42: Villain – George Osborne & The 21 Labour Abstainers

October 19, 2015

This week, we give a joint award for villainy to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and to the 21 Labour MPs that abstained on his fiscal charter “George Osborne & The 21 Labour Abstainers” might sound like the indie band from hell, but (in a compromise by our editoral board) reflect the two sides of […]

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Week 41: Villain – Theresa May

October 11, 2015

This week, the Home Secretary earns our award for the greatest villain of the last seven days So for another year, that annual carnival of privilege, self-satisfaction, bigotry and hatred that is the Conservative Party conference is over. Despite the coverage from some of the more gullible and/or dishonest corners of the media, this has […]

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Week 40: Villain – The NRA

October 5, 2015

Yep, this week’s unanimous winners of our Villain of the Week award are the National Rifle Association of North America. Another week, another massacre of innocent people by some loony with an arsenal of deadly weapons.Last week it was the students of Umpqua Community College, Douglas County, Oregan. Next week? Who knows, but you can […]

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Week 39: Villain – Volkswagen

September 29, 2015

The world’s second-largest car maker is our winner of this week’s award for greatest villain The villainous cheek of the Volkswagen Group’s subversion of US emissions tests is breath-taking. To get around the tests on its diesel engines, it installed software that ensured that its engines behaved differently when it could tell it was experiencing […]

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Week 38: Villain – Victor Orban

September 22, 2015

This week, the Hungarian premier wins our award for the greatest villain of the last seven days A number of European nations have been found wanting in their response to the refugee crisis, including of course the United Kingdom. In contrast, Germany has become a paragon of virtue in its willingness to house and support […]

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Week 36: Villain – David Cameron

September 6, 2015

Our villain of the week is David Cameron, for his complete and utter lack of leadership over the refugee crisis. It has been escalating for months, but it took one tragically iconic image of a little three year old boy washed up dead on a beach in Greece, for the world to collectively wake up […]

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Week 35: Villain – Iain Duncan-Smith

September 2, 2015

Last week’s Villain of the Week Award goes to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith for making shit up again. The Freedom of Information Act is a useful thing. So useful that passing it was Tony Blair’s biggest legistlative regret and David Cameron’s government are committed to gutting it. It […]

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Week 34: Villain – Islamic State

August 23, 2015

This week, Islamic State thoroughly deserves our regular award for the greatest villain of the last seven days All Khaled al-Asaad was doing was his job, to safeguard the legacy of Palmyra, one of the world’s cultural wonders that dates back at least four thousand years. Ever since Islamic State took over these historic ruins […]

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Week 32: Villain – Donald Trump

August 10, 2015

This week, our regular award for villainous behaviour goes to US presidential wannabe Donald Trump We had a rigorous debate this week at the All That’s Left board – is Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump a villain or a prat? The case for prattishness is a strong one: the outlandish statements, the brutishly simplistic politics. […]

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Week 31: Villain – David Cameron

August 2, 2015

Yep, this week’s villain, once again, is the Prime Minister, David Cameron. Why this time? ‘Swarm of immigrants’ – that’s why. Swarm. Swarm is a derisory word. Swarm is a black cloud of locusts coming to eat your crops, swarm is infection of bees or wasps – swarm is scary, swarm is something to be […]

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Week 30: Villain – George Osborne

July 26, 2015

George Osborne is a political villain. He could realistically make a credible claim to win this award every week. But, after proposing up to 40% in government departmental spending cuts, he has once again romped away with this infamous award. George Osborne is a clever villain. For all of his political skulduggery and win at […]

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Week 29: Villain – Michael Fallon MP

July 19, 2015

This Week’s Villain of the Week is the Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon MP Since the events of 2003 and the second Iraq war a convention has grown up that parliamentary approval is sought for the participation of British forces in military action. Indeed this may have been the only good thing to […]

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Week 28: Villain – George Osborne

July 12, 2015

This week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer walks away with the regular award for our greatest villain There was an evil genius to George Osborne’s budget on Wednesday – what should of course have been an entirely unnecessary budget given that he was Chancellor of the Exchequer four months ago when the last budget was agreed. […]

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Week 27: Villain – Greece’s Creditors (The Troika)

July 7, 2015

This Week’s Villains are the Troika of creditors who have plunged Greece into more chaos, the IMF, the ECB and the EU. I listened to a young Greek teacher talking on the radio last week – she was explaining how, in the last five austere years, her journey to work has been so regularly disrupted […]

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Week 26: Global Terrorists

June 28, 2015

This week’s villain of the week award goes to the terrorists who conducted a series of terrorist attacks in Kuwait City, Lyons and on a beach in a resort in Tunisia. Bastards. The lot of them. Whether on a Tunisian beach packed full of summer season tourists, at prayer in Kuwait, or in the daily […]

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Week 25: Villain – The Eurozone & IMF

June 21, 2015

Greece says it will run out of money at the end of the month if a deal with its creditors the European Commission, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) cannot be reached. So, this week’s villain of the week award goes to the Eurozone and IMF for their constant infantilisation […]

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Week 24: Villain – The IPCC

June 14, 2015

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) wins our weekly award for the greatest villains of the last seven days My gran, as many grans do, had fairly socially conservative ideas, even if she did always voted Labour. Among those views was that you should always trust a policeman. That all changed on 18 June 1984. […]

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Week 23: Villain – Senator Ted Cruz

June 8, 2015

This Week’s Villain of the Week is Senator Ted Cruz for his ‘joke’ at the expense of a mourning Vice President Joe Biden  Two Saturdays ago Beau Biden, military veteran and former Attorney General of Delaware and Vice President Joe Biden’s son lost his battle with brain cancer and died. President Obama had this to […]

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Week 22: Villain – Sepp Blatter

May 31, 2015

This week’s villain of the week award goes to Sepp Blatter for his continued tenure as President of the most corrupt organisation in sport – FIFA. Sepp Blatter is the Robert Mugabe of world sport. As long as he remains in power – to hell with everyone else, and to hell with integrity. On Friday […]

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Week 21: Villain – The Banks

May 25, 2015

This week’s Villains of the Week are the banks fined record amounts in the US for FX fixing With the honourable exception of the good people of Iceland we collectively learned not a single thing from the 2008/2009 financial crisis.  As the election last week showed the British people swallowed the lie that that crisis […]

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Week 20: Villain – David Cameron

May 17, 2015

This Week’s Villain of the Week Award goes to Prime Minister, David Cameron for setting the grim tone of the next 5 years Back in 2004 when George W Bush was re-elected for a second term over John Kerry in a closely fought and in the end narrow election, he declared that he had ‘political […]

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Week 19: Villain – The Tory Press

May 10, 2015

This week’s villain of the week award goes to the Tory supporting, right-wing newspapers, who once again manipulated and scaremongered the British electorate into voting for a Conservative Government. And so it came to pass. The Tories have won the election, with considerable help from their friends in the media. The British press coverage of […]

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Week 18: Villain – Baltimore Police Department

May 3, 2015

This week’s award for villainy goes within the Baltimore Police Department as six police officers have been charge with crimes including murder and manslaughter in the arrest and fatal injury of Freddie Gray. The state attorney for Baltimore City, Marilyn Mosby, filed the charges almost as soon as she received a medical examiner’s report that […]

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Week 17: Villain – Nick Clegg

April 26, 2015

This week’s villain of the week is Nick Clegg for appearing to rule out a Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition in a hung parliament as he dismissed any deal that relied on “life support” from the SNP. Clegg also stated that any coalition with the party that finished second in the election would lack legitimacy with voters, […]

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Week 16: Villain – Iain Duncan Smith

April 19, 2015

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, earns our Villain of the Week award There is a certain capricious callousness to much of this government’s approach to work and welfare: they do not care enough about the lives of those on benefits and low pay to bother to see what damage […]

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Week 15: Villain – Michael Fallon

April 13, 2015

This week’s villain award goes to the Tory Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, for attacking Ed Miliband over Britain’s Trident nuclear deterrent and making the attack less about policy and more about a grubby personal slandering. Fallon, wrote in The Times that Miliband “stabbed his own brother in the back to become Labour leader. Now he […]

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Week 14: Villain – Nigel Farage

April 5, 2015

 This week, the UKIP leader earns our award for the greatest villain of the last seven days A snippet from canvassing this weekend. Whilst I spoke to plenty of Labour voters, there were exceptions. Including this bloke: “Labour? No, I’m voting for that other bloke. What’s his name? You know – the mad one.” He […]

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