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Published on 12/04/2013 00:23

An SDLP MLA has been challenged to explain his apparent support for a song which speaks of dancing on the grave of Margaret Thatcher. ‘Tramp the dirt down’ by Elvis Costello made national headlines after it was promoted controversially by George Galloway MP after Baroness Thatcher died this week. Tonight SDLP MLA Conall McDevitt appeared to indicate his appreciation of the song on Twitter. He said: “Got on bike today. Got soaked. Changed. Got in car. Billy Bragg. Meeting. Got back in car. Elvis Costello. Thatcher’s legacy? Great music!”

Some of the lyrics of the song are as follows;

“Well I hope I don’t die too soon

“I pray the lord my soul to save

“Oh I’ll be a good boy, I’m trying so hard to behave

“Because there’s one thing I know, I’d like to live

“Long enough to savour

“That’s when they finally put you in the ground

“Ill stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down

“When England was the wh**e of the world

“Margaret was her madam…”

It closes with the lines “Cos when they finally put you in the ground, They’ll stand there laughing and tramp the dirt down.”

Political commentator David Vance tonight called for Mr McDeviit to comment further on his Tweet.

“He is referring to the Tramp The Dirt Down song, dancing on Margaret Thatcher’s grave,” Mr Vance told the News Letter “So, is this the SDLP line? Should he not explain himself? I am a huge Costello fan but Conall is referring to one foul song and he should be ashamed of himself.”

The News Letter attempted to contact Mr McDevitt tonight for comment but without success.

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14 thoughts on “CONALL AND I

  1. Oddly enough I haven’t seen Elvis Costello’s comments on her passing and those citing his song.

  2. Shame on you, David. When art is in conflict with politics – always follow art.

  3. So does this mean that you won’t be choosing that particular Elvis Costello song for the Friday Night Jukebox?

  4. Oh good.

    Fans from Millwall have threatened to confront the anti-Thatcher protesters. The public have been warned to avoid central London.

    Tomorrow night thousands have vowed to hold a party to celebrate the death of Baroness Thatcher in Trafalgar Square […]

    During the course of the afternoon, 50,000 fans from Millwall and Wigan are due to convene on Wembley, north west London, for the FA Cup Semi Final. Kick-off is 5.15pm […]

    Supporters will be making their way back through the capital after the final whistle has blown 7pm. Millwall’s home is in south east London, while Wigan fans are likely to head towards Euston station.

    At the same time, left-wing protestors are expected to be in Trafalgar Square, the scene of the worst of the poll tax rioting, in a “celebration” of Baroness Thatcher’s death from 6pm […]

    It is feared the two groups could clash.

    Feared?

    *Popcorn*

  5. Fans from Millwall have threatened to confront the anti-Thatcher protesters. The public have been warned to avoid central London.

    Oh well. ho-hum at least now the BBC have an excuse to ‘report’ on those evil far right-wingers causing all that trouble .. takes all the heat away from the real morons, the ‘Left wingers’

  6. McDevitt his party the shinners the bbc and Uncle Tom Cobley, where all over the media whining about how offensive it was for a band to play a pop tune outside an empty building last 12th.

    Interesting that the band and its members who came under all sorts of pressure from the usual suspects above. Have had all the trumped up charges brought by the establishment in an attempt to appease the usual suspects above withdrawn.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubAjEjkJIJo

  7. Whining about how offensive it was for a band to play a pop tune outside an empty building last 12th

    Aye, a pop song right enough.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbsZTx2DLHA

    Have had all the trumped up charges brought by the establishment in an attempt to appease the usual suspects above withdrawn.

    Chrges?

    Fourteen members of the band were questioned in relation to the behaviour of loyalist bandsmen on the Twelfth. Three further men were questioned about breaches of Parades Commission determination after presenting themselves with their legal representatives at Tennent Street police station for questioning

    The only band member charged, loyalist bandsman William Bell, was charged with assault and was bound over to keep the peace. The district judge said that any default of the would result in 14 days imprisonment.

    MOPE much Glenn?

  8. And you can prove Paul that, that is the tune the band were allegedly playing is the one you posted.

    Its a bit like the pious Adams who well according to him was never in the IRA.

    Here is roman catholic priest the very reverend Michael Sheehan of Saint Patrick’s chapel Donegall st. At a protest on Easter Monday at Donegall St out side his chapel. He is with Frank ‘Dipper’ Dempsey, of the Carrickhill residents group, who last year was handing out medals at a republican bash in west Belfast. To the IRA’s notorious D company.

    The banner they are displaying is demanding respect for St Patrick’s church, how ironic.

    Michael Sheehan as well as the chapel belong to the roman catholic diocese of Down and Connor which also owns and administrates Milltown Cemetery. Where every Easter Sunday several IRA/INLA Irish republican groupings have terrorist parades and sectarian paramilitary terrorist displays including the main parade by the republican grouping the Belfast national graves association, at their parade many senior members of Sinn Fein/provisional IRA attend and give the main speech.

    During these sectarian paramilitary display there are various republican groupings in paramilitary uniforms, with IRA/INLA flags, republican bands playing, groups with weapons, an armed military guard of honour, political speeches all at the IRA’s Belfast brigade’s memorial. The IRA memorial includes the names of all the IRA’s members who died during what is known as the troubles. One of those names is Thomas Begley, the IRA member who along with Sean Kelly killed innocent men, women and children in the Shankill bombing.

    The events of Easter Sunday at Milltown cemetery puts the events of last years 12th into context. One band playing outside an empty chapel, needs to be compared that with the various republican sectarian paramilitary displays that takes place in Milltown cemetery every year. Now that is offensive the very reverend Michael Sheehan.

    There are several monuments to various republican sectarian terrorist organizations in Milltown cemetery. The newest of which was unveiled at another sectarian paramilitary display last years.

    I would like to ask a direct question to the very reverend Michael Sheehan, and the roman catholic diocese of Down and Connor and the stoops who along with the Michale Sheehan. Is this how the roman catholic church in Ireland shows respect to the Protestant Unionist Loyalist community, by sanctioning various sectarian terrorist displays on their property???

    Michael, Conall and Alban your silence is defining.

    http://www.u.tv/galleries/gallery.aspx?guid=d7a1ab0f-df17-4ef6-a136-b40d31dfd22e#219650

  9. And you can prove Paul that, that is the tune the band were allegedly playing is the one you posted

    No I can’t, just as you can’t prove that it was a ‘pop tune’. What I would ask though is why some loyalist flute band would feel the need to stop outside a Catholic Church to play a Beach Boys song? (cue some rubbish about taking a break, waiting for the rest of the march etc)

    On second thoughts don’t bother answering that. You’re disingenuity regarding ‘pop tunes’ and the ‘withdrawel’ of ‘trumped up charges’ is almost as blatantly false as the YCV in the flute band’s name.

    Connecting Michael Sheehan to Republican marches? bit of a tenuous link doncha think?

    Would could I contact in Protestantism to ask the same question regarding ‘Pastors’ Clifford Peebles, Kenny McClinton and (former) Pastor Billy Wright?

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