By-Election Special: Tooting

June 15, 2016

Today sees the by-election in Tooting following the resignation of Sadiq Khan as he takes on the Mayoralty of London Much of the talk about today’s Tooting by-election has been about the tightness of the result last year. Without the advantage of Sadiq Khan’s 11 years’ incumbency, is Labour in trouble in this part of south […]

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Week 24: Prat – Sarah Wollaston MP

June 15, 2016

This week, Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston wins our regular award for prattish behaviour It is, of course, entirely acceptable for politicians to change their mind. That is particularly true of course if they change their mind to agree with me, for example deciding to vote Remain rather than Leave in next week’s EU referendum. It […]

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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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#1079: 2005, Tiësto, Adagio for Strings

June 10, 2016

Welcome to the second song in our Euro 2016 / EU Referendum Europop theme week. Adagio for Strings by Dutch DJ Tiësto was released in January 2005. The song is a cover of the original composition by classical composer Samuel Barber. It was voted by Mixmag readers as the second greatest dance record of all […]

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Back Of The Net Special with Ray North: The Euros

June 10, 2016

It finally happened. Last night, whilst watching a documentary on S4C about the, sadly forgotten and neglected 1976 Wales European Championship team (Toshack, Leighton James, Brian Flynn etc), I got my first Euros tingle. I’m hoping that it will now work like a party which you haven’t really wanted to go to, but turns out […]

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#1078: 1993, Haddaway, What is Love?

June 9, 2016

Oh yes! C’est Oui! Ja Ja! Siiii! (er I’m struggling now) It’s a uniquely Eurotastic time for all of us! Tomorrow the European Championships start (I’m actually struggling to get enthused about them), and next week is the Euro Referendum (I’m starting to worry about my will to live on that score as well). So […]

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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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Bernie: It’s Time To Back Hillary

June 6, 2016

Tomorrow’s batch of primaries will see Hillary Clinton secure the Democratic Party’s nomination for the presidency. I’ll explain that in a bit more detail below, and why that is the right result. The bigger story though will be how the supporters of Bernie Sanders react. * * * * * But first, a quotation from […]

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Week 23: Prat – David Cameron

June 6, 2016

This week’s prat award once again goes to David Cameron for his half-arsed attempts to convince British voters to stay in the EU. After watching David Cameron get grilled by a selected studio audience on why Britain should stay in the EU, I was left with the impression that he simply cannot deal with any […]

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How I’ll be voting in the EU referendum: Ray North

June 4, 2016

I’ve always had my reservations about the EU. Not because I have a problem about Poles, Portuguese or Albanians coming to live in my town – far from it, I was brought up to have no fear of other cultures and so I fight the instinct to wrap myself up in the familiarity of my […]

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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 22: Prat – Neil Young

May 31, 2016

This week’s prat award goes to Neil Young – a confessed Bernie Sanders supporter – for approving Donald Trump’s use of his music during the Presidential campaign. Almost a year after Neil Young protested against Trump’s use of Rockin’ in the Free World at a rally, Young has now altered his position. saying that 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 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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#1077: 1996, Manic Street Preachers, Australia

May 24, 2016

On today’s Channel 4 News: an item on the Northern Irish football team’s preparations for the European Championship, including a discussion about replacing God Save The Queen as their national anthem for something more inclusive of all their communities. Surely, the obvious candidate is the greatest song by the province’s greatest ever band: Teenage Kicks? […]

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Week 21: Prat – Hibs Supporters

May 24, 2016

Our prat of the week award goes to the Hibs Supporters who invaded the Hampden Park pitch after their team won the Scottish Cup for the first time in 114 years with an injury time winner v Rangers. The end to the Hibs cup hoodoo meant they also became first lower league club to win […]

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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 20: Prat – Plaid Cymru

May 17, 2016

This week, Plaid Cymru win the dubious honour of our award for rank stupidity It must have seen a hell of a wheeze last week: Plaid Cymru, an avowedly socialist party, worked out that if they banded together with the Tories and UKIP, they had as many votes in the new Welsh Assembly as Labour. […]

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#1076: 2009, Kasabian, Underdog

May 16, 2016

I’m watching the news, to be more specific I’m watching 150,000 ecstatic people who have lined the streets of Leicester to pay tribute to their football team for winning the league. It’s amazing. This is the night none of these people every expected to see. It’s a Roy of the Rovers night, jubilation against all […]

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Week 19: Prat – Ken Livingstone

May 16, 2016

Successfully defending his Prat award from the week before is former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.’ It’s a list of inglorious bastards, George Osborne, Nick Clegg, David Cameron to name but three, people who have successfully managed to be prat of the week two weeks in succession; those who’ve been a prat and then skilfully […]

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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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The Economic Absurdity of Brexit

May 12, 2016

We are being bombarded by a rather misplaced and dispiriting EU referendum campaign that has become a David Cameron v Boris Johnson battle of old Etonian egos. Where is the real debate? Where is the substance? Voters have been left somewhat bewildered about how to vote. For me it is a no brainer. I want […]

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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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The Absurdity of David Cameron

May 9, 2016

Hopefully there will be some blogging over the course of the next month or so here on allthatsleft about the forthcoming EU Referendum.  But to lay my cards on the table straight away, I am going to be voting Remain, without equivocation or doubt.   There is a lot wrong with the EU, but none of […]

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Week 18: Prat – Ken Livingstone

May 9, 2016

Last Week’s Prat of the Week Award goes to former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone Cast your mind back to 7 July 2005. London had been the subject of four bombs on its transport network during the morning commuting hours.  56 people were dead.   Tony Blair, the then Prime Minister as attending a G8 summit […]

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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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10 Reasons why Leicester City won the league

May 3, 2016

It really is a truly amazing story, a heart warming story, a story of an unfancied underdog overcoming the well-groomed poodles of London and Manchester – Leicester City have pulled it off, they’ve won the league. For the record, I predicted, in my annual Football prediction piece back in August, that Leicester City would be […]

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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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By-Election Special: Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough

May 2, 2016

Along with the Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish, London and local elections being held on Thursday, there are two Parliamentary by-elections. Both should be safe Labour seats. In this post, we take a look at the first of these to be called: Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough. This constituency was created for the 2010 general election, based […]

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#1075: 1985, The Redskins, Bring It Down (This Insane Thing)

May 2, 2016

Today is May Day.  International Workers’ Day.  Well  by the time this post is up, the Bank Holiday to celebrate it.  So time for a proper socialist song. This is from an era, the mid-1980s, when even the pop bands like Wham! and Simply Red were political. The Redskins were the real thing though, giving […]

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