This was the song that played as Tim Farron left the hall today.
An inspired choice.
The performer is referenced in his speech here:
Patriots love their country, nationalists hate their neighbours.
I am a patriot.
The fact that in 1990 I kissed the TV when David Platt scored against Belgium in the last minute of injury time doesn’t mean I hate Guy Verhofstadt…or Tin Tin…or Plastic Bertrand, or any of the other large number of very, very famous Belgians.
I think that Plastic Bertrand was probably more Tim than “I could have danced all night” though.
But my favourite, which would have fitted in with our environmental credentials, is this one.
Eddy Merckx, probably the most famous Belgian of all time won the Tour de France five times.
But there is another more appropriate song for the Liberal Democrats. J’aime la vie by Sandra Kim. I love life is exactly the sort of optimistic, positive vibe the party wants to project and there’s a parallel with our party’s fortunes.
Sandra won the 1986 Eurovision contest – Belgium’s so far only victory – and made history in doing so as the country had come last the year before. Clearly a good omen for us. It’s also a total outrage that she hasn’t made it on to the top ten famous Belgians list, which currently stands at 90% men.
let me digress a wee moment. I know amongst our readers that there are a fair few Eurovision fans. If you are not one of those people, you may wish to look away now. The mere mention of the 1985 Eurovision song contest is always guaranteed to make me smile because I love the song that did win so much. You can listen to the wonderful Norwegian entry by Bobbysocks here.
It’s a simple step from there to Love shine a light by Katrina and the Waves, the last time we won, 20 years ago. Much to my husband’s disgust, I can feel a bit more Eurovision coming on this evening. It’ll be Charlotte Nielsen’s Take me to your heaven next….
Feel free to suggest your own favourite Lib Dem, Belgian or Eurovision anthems in the comments.
When you love a song someone has posted in the comments so much, you have to add it into the main post. This is the 2011 Danish Eurovision entry and is just right for now.
* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings