This video from England says about itself:
Liberal Democrats‘ Glee Club: Attendees bang out a (sort of) tune
21 September 2016
The Lib Dem‘s autumn conference sees another sing-a-long from the party’s Glee Club!
Mocked Labour leadership challenger Owen Smith, branding him a ‘s****e‘
Belted out ‘Tony Blair can f*** off and die’ to the tune of American Pie
Famous Glee Club night held on last night of party’s conference in Brighton
The annual ritual – called the ‘Glee Club’ – mocked the Labour party and branded leadership challenger Owen Smith a ‘s****’ in a song written to the theme of Robin Hood.
The four-hour sing-along – one of the best attended events of the four-day Lib Dem conference – aimed abuse at a string of politicians.
They belted out ‘Tony Blair can f**k off and die’ to the tune of American Pie while also aiming abuse at David Cameron and Nigel Farage.
The Glee Club is one of the weirdest events in the political calendar, with the 65-page song book containing popular tunes rewritten with political lyrics.
… Despite abusing Mr Blair, Tim Farron used his keynote speech to the Lib Dem conference today to praise the former Labour prime minister in a blatant bid to attract disillusioned Labour voters to the party.
He told the party to seize the ‘huge opportunity’ to fill the ‘hole in the centre of British politics’ created by Labour’s shift to the left under Jeremy Corbyn and the Tory party’s move to the right under Theresa May.
The Owen Smith Song
Sang to the tune of Robin Hood
Owen Smith, Owen Smith,
Always on TV
Owen Smith, Owen Smith
Who the hell is he?
Hated by the left, loathed by the right,
What a shite, what a shite, what a shite.
He joined the Labour party in a town called Pontypridd
He worshipped at the shrine of Tony Blair
With the party taken over by the friends of Jeremy
His hopes were sunk without a prayer
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
‘Owen Smith is a shite’, sing Lib Dems
Wednesday 21st September 2016
OWEN SMITH is a “shite” — such was the damning musical indictment by Lib Dem revellers, closing their conference on Monday night.
The Owen Smith Song was a highlight of the Glee Club event, with musicians leading members of the moribund political party in a four-hour sing-along.
They sang, to the tune of Robin Hood: “Owen Smith, Owen Smith, always on TV.
“Owen Smith, Owen Smith, who the hell is he?
“Hated by the left, loathed by the right. What a shite, what a shite, what a shite.”
The song was penned by Southport Lib Dem councillor Nigel Ashton, who added that Mr Smith’s hopes have been sunk “without a prayer.”
Hundreds of Lib Dems, including MP Alistair Carmichael and former ministers Simon Hughes and Ed Davey, attended the bash in Brighton.
The party animals joined in with numbers alluding to David Cameron’s alleged porcine predilections …
And the crowd sang: “Tony Blair can fuck off and die” with particular gusto during a cheerful ditty to the tune of American Pie on Lib-Labism that’s been a firm Glee Club favourite since back in 1995.
But the frivolities turned increasingly bitter as they belted out a song based on their experience of being in a coalition government with the Tories to the tune of 12 Days of Christmas.
One line went: “On the first day of coalition, the Tories gave to me, nothing you would notice, very little really and a referendum on AV. Which we lost.”
This music video from England says about itself:
The 12 Days of Coalition (Lib Dem Glee Club)
27 September 2013
Grassroots Lib Dems list the achievements that have been won in this coalition government.
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posted by Morning Star in Editorial
LIBERAL Democrat leader Tim Farron plumbed the depths yesterday by praising Tony Blair in a desperate effort to make his party a suitable bolt-hole for anti-Corbyn Labour members.
He claimed that the Lib Dems are the only party capable of denying the Tories a majority at the next general election, but they bear the mark of Cain for collaborating with David Cameron.
Tens of thousands of students were tempted to vote Liberal Democrat because of Nick Clegg’s pledge to oppose tuition fees. That pledge went the way of all flesh as Clegg ditched principles for ministerial office. So desperate is Farron for recruits that he believes that eulogising Blair could convince Labour MPs to abandon ship and seek space in the Lib Dems’ rowing boat.
“Tony Blair’s government gave us the national minimum wage. It gave us working tax credits. It gave us NHS investment and a massive school building programme,” Farron enthused, as though Blair was a Victorian philanthropist or political one-man band.
The progressive reformist political framework for the 1997 Labour government was elaborated by late Labour leader John Smith through his Commission on Social Justice, published just after his tragically early death in May 1994.
It embodied a minimum wage, tax credits, workplace rights and democratic renewal, including extended national representation in Scotland and Wales.
Alongside the rapid decay of John Major’s fractious Tory government, this approach propelled Labour into a commanding position in national opinion polls and a landslide victory in 1997.
Blair and New Labour acolytes Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson were bound by Labour voters’ expectations to follow the direction laid down by Smith’s commission even as they prepared to hitch the party to the City of London and the White House while keeping trade unions at arm’s length.
Farron’s recognition of the huge Labour government investment in health and education does not mention that then chancellor Brown insisted on funding these developments through private finance initiatives (PFI) rather than cheaper public loans.
Brown’s rigid attachment to PFI, even when it became clear that hospitals, schools, prisons, local authorities and other public facilities would be dogged for decades by tens of millions of pounds worth of debts, reflected New Labour’s acceptance of European Union pro-market finance rules. This was fully in line with the Lib Dems’ commitment to ever-closer economic and political union in preference to popular sovereignty.
Farron confirmed, in common with both Blair and Corbyn’s challenger Owen Smith, that he wants a second referendum to overturn the clear decision by the electorate to leave the EU. They are unmistakably wedded to the established EU tradition of treating democratic decisions with contempt if they don’t suit and making voters return to the polls until they deliver the required result.
Labour’s leadership election campaign, which ends today, has also witnessed crimes against democracy perpetrated by the party’s compliance unit. Over 3,000 members have been suspended over the summer — largely Corbyn supporters.
The party bureaucracy insists that it suspends members who engage in abuse or rudeness, but this doesn’t apply apparently to Labour MPs who refer publicly to Unite leader Len McCluskey as an “arsehole” or tell shadow cabinet member Diane Abbott to “fuck off” and boast later to the media that her response had been to do just that.
The newly elected national executive committee and the, hopefully, re-elected Labour leader have a responsibility, following next week’s party conference, to expand inner-party democracy and build public support to defeat the Tories and their neoliberal hangers-on.
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