Wednesday 21 August 2019

‘Oh Flower Of Flextension’: Alastair Campbell plays bagpipes as Brexit ‘relief’

He dedicated his performance to political leaders including Theresa May.

By Edd Dracott, Press Association

Former Downing Street press secretary Alastair Campbell has shared a video of himself playing bagpipes to provide a “little light relief” during the “Brexit madness”.

A vocal advocate for the People’s Vote campaign group, which supports a public ballot on the final Brexit deal, Mr Campbell said his bagpipes “make a much needed intervention”.

At the end of the footage, he declares: “That was a new tune called ‘Oh Flower Of Flextension: Do Not Listen To The May Madness’, goodbye.”

The satirical song title is a reference to Scottish rugby favourite Flower of Scotland, though Mr Campbell plays his bagpipes to the tune of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

He tagged political leaders in his post including European Council president Donald Tusk, Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron, saying: “This is for you.”

The reaction to his video has been awash with puns, with TV presenter Piers Morgan describing him as a “whiny, old, puffed up windbag” in response.

Others were more encouraging of Mr Campbell’s playing, with some suggesting venues for his next performance.

Outside the home of Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg was one popular suggestion.

Some had other jokes to make about the music, with TV producer Jim Sheridan confusing the instrument with a screaming octopus.

He tweeted: “Good god Alastair what are you doing to that Octopus!! Can’t you hear him screaming.”

And the performance even merited a duet thanks to one fellow Twitter user.

User @lulichill shared a video of their dog listening and barking along with Mr Campbell’s playing.

“I loved it you talented man,” they said. “But you set my dog off!”

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