Parliamentary playlist: a strange few days for British politics
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Last week’s news of a hung parliament was distressing to some and joyous to others. There aren’t many precedents in recent history and the emergent coalition taking shape between the Conservatives and Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party has been understandably grabbing the headlines. Here’s a collection of songs to sum up a strange few days in UK politics… Stuck in the middle with you - Stealers Wheel Theresa May’s soundtrack to the political partnership no one forecast… ‘Stuck In the Middle With (D) You (P)’. Cunts are still running the world - Jarvis Cocker If you count as one of the ambitious Labour supporters who thought JC was about to get his shot at Number 10, and now you’re feeling a little down about the whole thing as a result, fellow 'JC' Jarvis Cocker, getting all angry and political (for a change), may well have catered to your mood with this abrasive number. Cocaine socialism - Pulp Elsewhere the plans for his 10 Downing Street house warming party are put on ice... Little Lies - Fleetwood Mac Theresa May is promising 'certainty' as she scrabbles to secure a slender working majority... but at least she's stopped saying 'strong and stable' though, right? From 1987's Tango in the Night this is one of Fleetwood Mac's most memorable tracks, and perhaps a cheap shot to slide it into the attempted political satire article. Sorry. The Salmon Dance - The Chemical Brothers Dramatic voting swings in Scotland left the SNP with a bloody nose and saw the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party make key gains. There will be no Salmon(d) dance as the former First Minister lost his seat. From the 2007 album We Are the Night, 'The Salmon Dance' is a musical oddity which offers plenty of opportunity for fish-based trivia.
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