#1027: 1987, The Wedding Present, Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft

by Ray_North on June 10, 2015

Well, I started the STLAS theme week, with a classic Undertones song dedicated to Norman Lamb, and now I’m going to finish off with a classic Wedding Present song, dedicated to three Labour MPs who are, in one way or another concerned with the current contests for Labour leader and deputy.

First, bless him, Ed Miliband whose shortcomings meant that we have this contest in the first place. Sadly, Ed could never get away from the fact that, well, everyone thought he looked daft. This song is for him. A man of integrity and honesty, a man of intelligence and wit – but, sadly, not a great leader, and, certainly not the leader for the election of 2015. I hope that Ed Miliband stays in politics and is reappraised in a positive way.

Second, Jeremy Corbyn – because he looks a bit daft as well – what with his bookish beard and his penchant for fawn suits – I remember Jeremy Corbyn as a proper hard working principled Labour MP – has he got a chance of becoming leader of the Labour party? No, he’s got about as much chance as me – why? Well, because he is dangerously left wing (and he does look a bit daft).

Third, Stella Creasy – why? Because she is well admired on this site, and is standing for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party, and, of course, because she is famously a big fan of The Wedding Present (which is a big reason why she is well admired on this site).

This is, of course, a wonderful song, a sad song, brilliantly written by Dave Gedge – who is laureate for the broken hearted:

Oh why do you catch my eye then turn away?
I thought we said all the things we had to say
Shaun said he saw you holding hands with your new friend
How does it feel to know you’ve just won again?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Dan Stasi June 10, 2015 at 9:05 pm

Great song
Great album
Great band

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montypython June 10, 2015 at 10:19 pm

Ed Miliband: “I am finished when I don’t do what they want me to” (Getting Nowhere Fast)

and the candidates:

Andy Burnham: “And then you said “No, I’m not from the south, I am from further north than you!” (I Am From Further North than You)

Yvette Cooper: “But it’s just so scary knowing each word before it comes out of her mouth” (Not From Where I’m Standing)

Liz Kendall: “Can’t you come up with something better than that?” (Granadaland)

Mary Creagh: “You don’t know me but I’m still here” (Bewitched)

Jeremy Corbyn: “If I could change everything then I would do” (Rotterdam)

and good luck to Stella.

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Ray_North June 11, 2015 at 6:50 am

Possibly the best comment we’ve ever had on this site – I salute you sir!

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George_East June 10, 2015 at 10:40 pm

Genius

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Charlie_East_West June 11, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Finally. It is over. The longest & most drawn out theme week in history….(apart from my stupid theme week of great national anthems).

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