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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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 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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Hillsborough: Finally Justice, Now Accountability

April 27, 2016

For years, some Manchester United fans have engaged in an invidious little chant aimed at Liverpool fans that goes, ‘always the victim, never to blame.’ Well, finally, that chant should be put to rest – Liverpool fans were the victims, and they are not to blame. The decision of the jury at the Hillsborough inquest […]

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3000 children: how the Tories have made me ashamed to be British….

April 26, 2016

Last night in the House of Lords, Lord Alf Dubs tabled an amendment to the Immigration Bill allowing for 3000 unaccompanied Syrian Children, who had fled from one of the worst areas of conflagration on the planet, to be allowed into this country. The Tories opposed the amendment and it was subsequently defeated. 3000 children […]

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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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#1074: 1987, Prince, Sign ‘☮’ The Times

April 25, 2016

Prince RIP. Prince was quite possibly the most difficult artist to pigeonhole. Throughout his incredible career, he was a musical magpie hopping around rock, pop, R&B, funk, soul, jazz, blues, disco and gospel. Personally, like most people, I love his imperial phase through the 1980s – where he produced some of the best albums of […]

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Week 17: Prat – Eamonn Holmes

April 25, 2016

This week’s prat award goes to Eamonn Holmes for saying that Prince was “more of a girls’ artist” and that “men couldn’t relate to his flamboyancy.” A comment straight out of the straightjacket of the 1950s. His comment alludes to a number of Luddite options – that being a girls’ artist is in some way […]

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Week 15: Prat – David Cameron

April 25, 2016

The winner of Week 15′s Prat of the Week is…. our Prime Minister, HHJ David Cameron. First, big apologies this should have been posted a couple of weeks ago when this story was fresh and causing a fair bit of wobbling amongst the Tory hierarchy. Alas, we were a bit Labour-like in our failure to […]

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