On 20 May 2017, Jeremy Corbyn gave a speech before a Libertines gig. The crowd started a spontaneous chant. And throughout the summer of 2017, it’s been impossible to ignore the chant of ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’.
So it was only a matter of time before someone came up with lyrics to the whole song. Musician Sam Harrison recently did just that. It’s gone viral on social media, and so the chant carries on…
Oh Jeremy Corbyn!
The chant originally emerged to the tune of Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes. For years, football fans have sung a version of this to celebrate favourite players.
But it had never been linked to a politician. Until Jeremy Corbyn came along. The stadium moment was widely shared on social media. And as John Prescott tweeted when it first started: “something is definitely happening”.
The Jezza effect…
It’s been hard to ignore the chant. Even for those who wanted to.
Miners and brass bands joined in too:
— Durham Miners' Gala (@DurhamGala) August 28, 2017
And it didn’t take long before the chant went global. In the US, delegates to the Democratic Socialists of America took it up at their conference:
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) August 6, 2017
And it was reportedly heard again in Boston as people met to challenge the far right:
— Willa Hammitt Brown (@hammitt) August 19, 2017
And now a whole song…
Showing the Tories how it’s done
But this song highlights, yet again, the hopeless efforts of the Tory struggle to harness the youth vote.
So in a bid to woo young voters, Tories came up with a few ‘brilliant’ ideas:
- To challenge the pro-Corbyn Momentum movement, some Tories tried to popularise support for Jacob Rees-Mogg with ‘Moggmentum‘.
- Then, there was an effort to replicate Corbyn’s success at Glastonbury with a Tory ‘festival‘.
- As The Canary reported, ideas were put forward for an ‘Ibiza Tax’.
- And there was the truly ‘impressive‘ Activate meme…
It’s doubtful that there ever will be.
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