#LibDemDisco is splattered all over the tabloids

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The 2016 #libdemdisco has been liberally covered in the tabloids.

The Daily Mail went with “Were there points for the best dad dancing? Lib Dem grandees dance the night away at bizarre competitive DISCO”. They described the disco as a “Booze-fuelled late night event” and said:

Sir Simon (Hughes) got off to a faltering start after inviting the still mostly sober activists to guess Fat Boy Slim – a task in which he failed…ex-business minister Jo Swinson won the dubious honour of the Lib Dem Disco crown for the second year running with a set including the Spice Girls Spice up Your Life…The party broke up in the early hours after a dreadful performance of the Macarena – while S Club 7 brought proceedings to a close.

The Express headline read: ‘Ain’t no party like a Lib Dem Conference party’ MPs AWFUL dance moves caught on film”. They reported:

THIS is the cringeworthy moment Liberal Democrat MPs are caught on tape shaking it like it is 1990.

…And the Mirror invited their readers to “Watch hundreds of Lib Dems do the Macarena as leading party figures look on.” They reported:

Lib Dem Disco is fast becoming the place to be on the first night of the party’s autumn conference.

They made great reference to Jo Swinson’s boots and rather incoherently concluded:

Also, can we take a moment for what Julian Huppart’s (sic) top, which assumed was just some kind of gold shirt…But was later revealed to be a sort of smock or something.

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist. He is one of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

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  • Alex Macfie 19th Sep '16 - 2:39pm

    “dreadful performance of the Macarena” Is there any other kind?

  • Matt (Bristol) 19th Sep '16 - 2:58pm


  • Barry Snelson 19th Sep '16 - 3:00pm

    Please don’t take any notice of the Mail and the Express and the knuckle draggers who comment therein. They are only jealous. I think we are already at “Peak Repellent Tory” and with Robespierre and “The Committee of Public Safety” going through Labour we are going to be the only (sane) game in town.

  • Jeni Sawford 19th Sep '16 - 4:36pm

    These comments from the trash press demonstrate exactly why the Lib Dem disco was so ace. Nowhere have I ever been anywhere where it was clear not one single person gave a single toss about what other people thought of their dancing. It was joyously free of judgement and embarassment. From the fashionable youth to the more apparently demurely mature generation – and those inbetween. Everyone got stuck in, and just had fun. Far better than self-concious dancers joylessly shuffling about the floor for fear of sneering and bitterness from people too uptight to enjoy themselves. Let’s face it – you aren’t going to get that sort of happiness from a Tory or Labour disco right now!!

  • Richard Warren 19th Sep '16 - 5:17pm

    Great to read Jeni’s comment. That’s the way it ought to be.

    Maybe someone ought to film the Mail, Express and Mirror Xmas parties, and upload them on youtube. They’d soon shut up then.

    Anyway, as soon as a sequinned Ed Balls appears on our screens, everyone will forget about this very, very quickly 🙂

  • Colin McGerty 19th Sep '16 - 9:35pm

    Also, you rather missed out the nice bits. The Indy says our Saturday night was better than everyone else’s (true) while the chap from the Metro just wants an invite for next year (naturally he’s very welcome).

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