Ode to the Blairites (with apologies to the late, great Phil Ochs)

Here’s a little reworking Phil Ochs’ brilliant ‘Love Me I’m a Liberal’:

I cried when they caught out Stephen Byers
Tears ran down my spine
I cried when they got poor Peter Mandelson
And when Tony Blair was forced to resign
But Unite got what was coming
They got what they asked for this time
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a neo-liberal

I go to the odd TUC rally
And slag off ‘the trots’ afterwards in the bar
I love talking about social mobility
I hope every young working class kid becomes a star
But don’t talk about socialism
That’s going way, way too far
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a neo-liberal

I cheered when Blair was chosen
My faith in the system restored
I’m glad lots of lefties were thrown out of Labour
And the rest of them were just ignored
I love all Iraqis and Afghans
As long as they don’t move next door
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a neo-liberal

The people who don’t bother voting
Should all hang their heads in shame
I can’t understand how their minds work
Didn’t we invest in education again and again?
But don’t ask me to send my kids to a state school
Because deep down I know they’re just not the same
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a neo-liberal

I read the Guardian and Indy
I’ve learned to take every view
I’m proud to have moderate opinions
And you should hold them too
But when it comes to times like Iraq, Libya and Syria
War is the only thing that we can do
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a neo-liberal

I proudly vote for New Labour
They want business and enterprise to be strong
I’ve seen Billy Bragg at Glasto
He sure gets me singing those songs
I’ll post all the Tweets you could ask for
But don’t ask me to come on along
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a neo-liberal

Once I was young and impulsive
I wore every conceivable pin
Even went to Tony Benn’s meetings
Learned some of the Welsh miners hymns
But I’ve grown older and wiser
And that’s why it’s Progress that I’m now in
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a neo-liberal

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5 thoughts on “Ode to the Blairites (with apologies to the late, great Phil Ochs)

  1. Paul Simpson says:

    Well you certainly sound like a Blairite, given that war has been sanitised to ‘intervention’. I’m always puzzled when someone describing themselves as a socialist would advocate bombing as any kind of solution. But it’s staggering that you want to support to support rebels when the UN have ‘strong concrete suspicions’ that these people used chemical weapons and a substantial element of them are jihadists and have committed atrocities against religious minorities and Kurds.

    It’s sheer hypocrisy from the British government which was happy to sell Assad chemical weapons 10 months into the conflict and the US which irrefutably used chemical weapons on civilians in Fallujah, Iraq. The likes of Hague and Kerry don’t have a humanitarian bone in their body when they have sold chemical weapons to all sorts of brutal regimes and actively support other murderous dictators like Saudi and Bahrain as well as killing innocent people with their own bombs and drones.

    • I am not a spokesperson for the “west”. We should have overthrown Saddam in 1991, or better still we should never have let him take office. I wasn’t even born then.

      Was Clement Attlee not a socialist for supporting the non-Stalinist Republicans in the Spanish Civil War? Was Michael Foot not a socialist for advocating war with Hitler in 1938 and supporting reclaiming the Falklands?

      Socialism is not narcissism.

  2. Paul Simpson says:

    It’s telling that you are incapable of dealing with the substance of the debate around the civil war in Syria and instead make utterly bizarre ahistorical parallels.

  3. Paul Simpson says:

    Turns out from your blog that you are quite the Blairite after all. Who’d have thought it? Very glad to know you and Mr Hodges have both torn up your Labour Party cards. Refusing to support Tory warmongering is just unconscionable right?

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