day 07 - a song that reminds you of a certain event
May 9th, 1998, London.
Conway Hall packed to the rafters with the Ken Livingstone Fan Club and Socialist Register subscribers to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Communist Manifesto (. . . and sundry European revolutions from that same year.)
Speakers and performers on the night included Sheila Rowbotham, Harriet Walter, Julie Christie, Tony Garnett . . . and the woman who played Michelle Fowler's landlady in Eastenders.
It was all going swimmingly until this song kicked and 800 bemused souls couldn't work out if they were supposed to sing the Billy Bragg version or the original lyrics. I just mumbled along in a half-hearted fashion, whilst the bloke next to me raised his fist like it was 1899.
Sadly, none of us on the night could swing it like Tony Babino does: