Bizarre scenes as shadow minister Barry Gardiner WHISTLES Labour anthem the Red Flag at finale of party conference
- Barry Gardiner led the traditional recital of the Red Flag by whistling today
- The socialist anthem has been a fixture of Labour Party conferences for decades
- But the shadow international trade secretary added a novel twist to the rendition
Shadow minister Barry Gardiner led Labour activists singing the party anthem the Red Flag today by whistling the tune in bizarre scenes.
In a novel twist on the traditional finale to Labour’s annual conference, the shadow international trade secretary was for several seconds the only person in the huge Liverpool arena who could be heard.
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell could be seen stifling a grin as the song began.
Shadow minister Barry Gardiner (left during the Red Flag singing today) led Labour activists singing the party anthem the Red Flag today by whistling the tune in bizarre scenes
Labour conferences have ended with the Red Flag for decades, even during the Blair years when it was seen by many as an embarrassing socialist throwback.
Among the lyrics are: ‘Then raise the scarlet standard high; Beneath it’s folds we’ll live and die; Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer; We’ll keep the red flag flying here.’
In another muscial interlude, Jeremy Corbyn joined in with singing T.Rex hit Children Of The Revolution on stage at the close of his party’s annual conference.
The Labour leader clapped and bobbed and appeared to sing the chorus as the 1972 Marc Bolan number played following his speech.
Labour conferences have ended with the Red Flag for decades, even during the Blair years when it was seen by many as an embarrassing socialist throwback. Mr Corbyn joined activists in the socialist anthem today (pictured)
It includes the lines: ‘Well you can tear a plane in the falling rain, I drive a Rolls-Royce ‘cos it’s good for my voice.
‘But you won’t fool the children of the revolution, No you won’t fool the children of the revolution.’
The T-Rex single was played after Mr Corbyn and his shadow cabinet joined delegates in the traditional rendition of the hymn Jerusalem and socialist song The Red Flag.