Posts Tagged ‘Manchester’

Peter Wheeler’s alternative conference guide

24/09/2010, 03:38:42 PM

PWFP Guide

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‘The road to Manchester’ a mixtape

23/09/2010, 12:00:10 PM

The votes are cast. All that’s left is to jump in the car, hop on the train or fire up the battle bus for one last leadership road trip.

We asked the leadership contenders for their desert island discs. The eight tracks they couldn’t live without. They tell you something about them, about where they’re going and where they’ve been. So what better mixtape for the leadership groupies’ journey to Manchester?

Grab yourself a couple of TDK 90s, squeeze into the car share, and hit the road.

Uncut – The road to Manchester

(You need Spotify to access this playlist. Unfortunately a few songs aren’t listed.)

The candidates’ selections were:

Diane Abbott

Harry Belafonte – Scarlet Ribbons

The Beatles – Things We Said Today

The Temptations – Ain’t Too Proud to Beg

Bob Marley – Exodus

Buju Banton – Driver A

D:ream  – Things Can Only Get Better

Paul Roberts – Reflections in the Water

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Nkosi Sikelel ‘IAfrika

Ed Balls

Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling in Love – (live, Madison Square Gardens 1972)

Joshua Redman – Blues for Pat (Wish)

Herbert Howells – Like as the hart (St Paul’s cathedral choir, Hyperion)

Spandau Ballet – True (12? version)

Bach – Partita No. 2 in D Minor for violin – Itzhak Perlman, EMI

Dolly Parton – I will always love you

Handel – Ariodante Act 3, Dopo Notte atra e funesta (Janet Baker, Philips)

Billy Bragg – Saturday Boy

Andy Burnham

How soon is now – The Smiths

There is a light – The Smiths

The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn – The Pogues

Dirty Old Town – The Pogues

Ten Storey Love Song – Stone Roses

Every day is like Sunday – Morrissey

Bones of you – Elbow

Protection – Massive Attack

David Miliband

Sting – Englishman in New York

Elvis Costello – Oliver’s Army

Fritz Kreisler – Liebeslied

Sibelius – Violin Concerto

Shostakovich – Symphony No.10

James Taylor – How sweet it is (to be loved by you)

Elton John – Your Song

The Beatles – All you need is love

Ed Miliband

Paul Robeson: The Ballad of Joe Hill

Billy Bragg: A New England

Josh Ritter: Good Man

Hard Fi: Stars of CCTV

Housemartins: Caravan of Love

Robbie Williams: Angels

A-ha: Take on Me

Beethoven: Ninth Symphony

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Andy Burnham’s Desert Island Discs

27/08/2010, 02:16:24 PM

In case you missed it: Andy Burnham is a working class Roman catholic from the north of England. Not the midlands. And certainly not the south. The north.

He has no aversion to posh people. Nor to protestants. Not at all. But he is not one of them. And it is important that you know that. Weirdly, Burnham has put his ‘ordinary’ northern origins at the centre of his Labour leadership campaign.

His desert island discs are parodically reflective of this. The only tune he’ll hear in paradise which hasn’t been recorded by either a Manc or a Roman catholic or both will be “Protection”, by the Bristol “trip hop” duo, Massive Attack. (more…)

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Sunday News Review

01/08/2010, 08:54:20 AM

Manchester #hustings

Mr Burnham, who was Health Secretary, Culture Secretary and Chief Secretary to the Treasury during his time in government, argues that Labour will only make itself electable again if it ditches the “hollow” elements of the Blair-Brown years. “We need to keep the best of New Labour and ditch some of the hollowness of it, it looked hollow and rootless at times.” Asked what he would do to counter this, he says he would ban the practise of parachuting candidates into safe seats for a start: No more “favourite sons or daughters. No more fixing shortlists at national level. This is where the style of politics really cost us electorally.” – The Telegraph

David Miliband has warned Labour could be out of power for years as he made his bid for the party leadership at the final hustings before September’s vote. The front-runner in the race to replace Gordon Brown went head-to-head with his brother Ed, Andy Burnham, Ed Balls and Diane Abbott in a question-and-answer session for 600 party members in Manchester. The former foreign secretary told the audience that each time Labour had been thrown out of government they had stayed in opposition for between 14 and 18 years. “We could be out of power for a long time; history tells us we will,” he said. “I want to buck that trend.” – The Sunday Herald


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