U2 at the moment.

VH1 are featuring them tonight – playing their greatest hits.

"You're the Real Thing"

I'll never forget when Labour won the election back in 1997 and this song somehow became a representative anthem for them. At the time it seemed appropriate and it gave me real feelings of hope…and feelings of relief that at last the Tories were gone and some ethical decency can get through.

Listening to this song nowadays does not have quite the same effect. More a feeling of sad regret…of wasted chances, opportunities lost. Cynicism that bit stronger and political trust that bit weaker.


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