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Current Prime Minister claims to like The Clash

By | Published on Thursday 14 November 2019

The Clash

Racism. Xenophobia. Sexism. Adultery. Lying. Incompetence. Having bad hair on purpose. None of these has brought current and wannabe UK Prime Minister ‘Boris’ Johnson down. Could he finally have gone too far though, by claiming to be a fan of The Clash?

In a new Tory campaign video for the upcoming general election Johnson is asked, for some reason, what his favourite band is. And for some reason he says this in response: “Look, this is either The Clash or The Rolling Stones, and mainly I listen to The Rolling Stones nowadays, so you can make of that what you will”.

Famous tax exiles The Rolling Stones make sense, if anything makes sense in Johnson’s world. But The Clash now? Come on, man. That would be like David Cameron claiming to like The Smiths. Which, of course, he did. Even though he couldn’t actually remember their most famous lyrics properly.

That said, these days Cameron’s proclaimed love of Morrissey seems odd more because the former Prime Minister is a floppy-armed leftie compared to the ex-Smiths frontman. The Clash though. The Clash make Johnson seem like, well, Johnson.

This isn’t the first time Johnson has talked up his Clash fandom. Like all people, he once appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Discs’. He chose songs by The Rolling Stones and The Clash on there. Well, performed by The Clash, anyway. He actually selected their cover of Toots And The Maytals’ ‘Pressure Drop’. Presumably he was aware of the hypocrisy of him picking any of the band’s own lyrics.

‘Pressure Drop’ is a song about karmic retribution though. So maybe the lyrics will become more pertinent for him in the coming weeks. If nothing else, it might be fun to start singing it at him.