Tuesday 17 October 2017

David Cameron faces live musical protest as Squeeze change lyrics

Glenn Tilbrook from Squeeze
Glenn Tilbrook from Squeeze

David Cameron has faced a musical protest during a live TV appearance, with the band Squeeze accusing him of "destroying the welfare state".

The Prime Minister had been interviewed on the BBC's Andrew Marr show and was watching the group perform when they made the intervention.

As the end credits rolled, front man Glenn Tilbrook changed the lyrics of the last verse of their song Cradle to the Grave.

In an apparent reference to the Government's announcement that sink council estates could be bulldozed to make way for better homes, he sang:

"I grew up in council houses;

"Part of what made Britain great;

"There are some here who are hell bent;

"On the destruction of the welfare state."

It was not clear whether Mr Cameron noticed the protest, as he continued to watch without reacting.

Squeeze were at the peak of their popularity during the 1980s' Thatcher years, with hits including Cool for Cats and Up the Junction.

A BBC spokeswoman said producers had not been aware of Squeeze's protest beforehand.

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