Miliband - not just Oasis
Following his Guardian article, and that discursive presentaton on Anglo-Italian diplomatic themes yesterday, some of his opponents were unkind enough to brief that he is "stuck in the year 1995" - and that "Oasis ain't in the charts anymore". The Foreign Secretary's friends have hit back by releasing his current iPod playlist, which Newsnight can exclusively reveal.*
There is this Moody Blues classic and, showing a fine taste in Northern Soul, this Harold Melvyn and the Bluenotes stomper. More Wigan Casino magic with this inspirational Dean Parrish number - then the collection takes a turn into vintage country blues. This edgy electro-pop number captures the current mood on the FCO's grand central staircase, while this angry heart-wrencher from Eamon adds edge to the collection. Pete Seeger's famous Harlan County rallying call to may resonate strongly in the PLP, while I was charmed to find trombonist Jack Teagarden's ouvre represented.
Strangely there was no Dionne Warwick.
* Just to make absolutely clear for all those who take everything on my blog literally: this is a spoof. The briefing, though, is all too real.