A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

From Red Wedge to Blue Rinse

The Tories are playing "Shout to the top" by the Style Council as intermission music at their conference after Theresa May's speech.

My memory is that the Style Council were prominent in Red Wedge, the pro-Labour campaign by various leftist pop stars in the run-up to the 1987 General Election. Is Paul Weller aware that his music is being appropriated to gee-up drowsy Tory conference delegates?

By playing '80s leftie pop after their DWP Spokesperson spoke, are the Tories trying to remind us of their awful record on youth unemployment last time they were in power?


Anonymous Arnold said...

I thought have thought that a more appropriate '80's pop tune for the Tories would have beeen 'Mad World' by Tears For Fears.

3:56 pm, October 07, 2009

Anonymous Carlo said...

Or 'All Stuck Up' by Hooray & The Henrys!

3:57 pm, October 07, 2009

Blogger Jimmy said...

Of course Weller famously started out as a tory supporter, so perhaps he's returned to his roots.

4:33 pm, October 07, 2009

Anonymous Kevin said...

To be fair to Weller (who did indeed say vote Tory in '79) he did say, when Cameron said Eton Rifles was a favourite song, "which bit of it doesn't he f++++++ get?

5:23 pm, October 07, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

'things can only get better' - good tune - might be worth rolling out

Or 'every little thing is going to be alright' - the bankers favourite no doubt from the Labour ATM...

8:17 pm, October 07, 2009

Blogger Mark Still News said...

The Rothschilds and their 200 years of political influence - UK Politics, UK - The Independent

Nat Rothschild, the financier at the centre of allegations that threaten to engulf the shadow Chancellor, George Osborne, is no stranger to laws which forbid politicians from accepting donations from abroad.

8:36 pm, October 07, 2009

Blogger Steve Horgan said...

Under Labour, today, one in five young people are out of work. This is slightly below the all time record in 1993, but the trend is still sharply upwards. So, let us not pretend that Labour has anything to crow about when it comes to youth unemployment.

Don't like the Style Council much though.

10:37 pm, October 07, 2009

Blogger Jimmy said...

"This is slightly below the all time record in 1993,"

Which is another way of saying that even during the worst recession since 1929, we still can't get unemployment as high as the tories did.

1:07 am, October 08, 2009

Blogger CROWN said...


in 1993 unemployment had topped out and was about to start falling.

Today the expectation is that unemployment is a year away from peaking. This recession has not yet bitten. By the next election unemployment will be a shocking full stop on Gordon Brown's political career.

If the Chinese, Saudi and Libyan sovereign wealth funds decide to stop buying our gilts, nobody gets paid next month.

7:47 am, October 08, 2009


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