Apparently David Cameron’s speech at the Conservative Party conference ended with “the PA system blare-ing out the Jimmy Cliff reggae classic You Can Get It If You Really Want.” (The Times)
After New Labour using Sham 69’s “If The Kids Are United” a few years back, perhaps the time is right for the major parties to really try and out do each other, soundclash style? Who will be the first to cut a Vybz Kartel plate dissing the box bwoys on the other side of the house?
A pox on both their houses, obviously, but this made me chuckle a bit:
“I wonder if the spin doctors of Tory Central Office had ever seen the film “The Harder they Come”. When Mr and Mrs Cameron left the hall to the soundtrack of the movie – “You can get it if you really want” by Jimmy Cliff, did the blue rinses of the Conservatives know that they were celebrating a story about a gun toting, cop killing, ghetto gangster of rude boy early-seventies Jamaican acclaim? Is this the hidden message of David Cameron? They (would) have been better playing “Sitting in Limbo” or even “Draw your brakes” by Scotty from the same soundtrack.”
LABOUR MP AND BLOGGER TOM WATSON (quoted on BBC site)
Of course, the use of reggae in politics is nothing new, in fact it was a major part of the heated political war between the PNP and JLP in Jamaica in the 1970s.
In fact, as The Guardian points out: “perhaps the Tories should be told that the last time the tune was used by a political group was February, 1990: the place Nicaragua, the party, Sandinista National Liberation Front. And, as history records, they took a caning.”
Apparently the tune was recorded 32 years ago, a time when it is unlikely that most tories would have been all that receptive to sweet reggae music. So, in 32 years time are we going to see their successors walking offstage to some Grime? Doing the Dutty Wine?
Or will we have done away with the cess pit of parliamentary politics by then and come up with something far far better?