A bit (retro-) political… 3


That Mike Reid claim about ‘inadvertently’ causing offence with the ‘UKIP Calypso’ irresistably reminds me of an incident twenty-five or so years ago, in pre-Mandela’s release, Apartheid South Africa. Yorkshire and occasionally England) opening bat Martyn Moxon was coaching in the Republic during the English winter when, after a long, gruelling net session under the South African sun with a very promising young fast bowler, the Yorkshire captain headed for the Pavilion for some refreshing alcoholic drinks, only to be amazed when his young protege – who was black – hung back and didn’t seem to want to follow him to the bar…

To which my then-girlfriend, no cricket fan, commented: “With eyesight like that, it’s amazing he can even see a cricket ball…”

A bit political…


Let’s get this straight: Mike Reid, a white DJ, records a song promoting a political party whose most prominent policy is anti-immigration. He sets his lyrics to a traditional Jamaican musical form and sings it in a fake Jamaican accent. And he apologises for causing unintentional offence?