Hello, hooray, what a nice day!
Is it OK for me to like this? Should I ask Paul Weller for permission? I think he’d be alright about it, I mean it’s not like I was born into privilege, and I’d never even heard of the Bullingdon club until recently. I’m not to be confused with a proper, bona fide toff like David Cameron, and I like to think that’s an easy mistake to avoid.
Weller, a prominent former Red Wedge member, responded scathingly on hearing about David Cameron’s spectacularly dumb pronouncement that Eton Rifles was one of his favourite tracks:
Is he thick? He probably thinks Eton Rifles is a song about him and his mates at school…which part of it didn’t he get? It wasn’t intended as a fucking jolly drinking song for the cadet corps.
I fear poor old Cameron feels an undeserved tinge of pride from the lyric. In the song’s battle between Etonians and passing Right to Work marchers, the toffs triumph despite being outnumbered: “Well, what chance have you got against a tie and a crest?” asks Weller.
Cameron claimed that the song meant a lot to him, and to his fellow members of the corps at the time. This man, may I just point out, is now running the country.
And there’s more. “I don’t see why the left should be the only ones allowed to listen to protest songs”, Cameron says. Fair comment, perhaps, although when a song protests against a privilege that you perfectly embody it does make it a rather curious choice for you to cherish.