Looking After Number One

Just before work today I popped into my local polling station to cast my vote in today’s European and council elections. By close of voting at 10.00pm tonight nearly two million people will have made their mark in the race to find 12 representatives for the European parliament as well as 1,600 city and county councillors throughout Ireland. The coalition partners, and particularly Fianna Fáil, look set to take a beating with Fine Gael and Labour looking to benefit. It’s been a busy time for candidates and their workers, many of whom volunteer their services for free. As I’ve been travelling around various parts of Munster these past few weeks I’ve noticed that this election seems to have thrown up far more posters than previous campaigns. That’s going to mean a lot of work for whoever has to take them down! I’ve also noticed that there seems to be a lot more people out on the campaign trail. I’d like to dedicate these tunes to those tireless workers who put a lot of time and effort into giving their candidate a good chance of getting elected. You all deserve a nice holiday

01 Ideology – Billy Bragg

02 Political World – Bob Dylan

03 Southern Politician – Willy DeVille

04 Think for a Minute – The Housemartins

05 Electioneering (Radiohead cover) – Cold War Kids

06 Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations

07 Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (cover) – Amy Winehouse

08 Yes We Can – Lee Dorsey

09 Party Fears Two – The Associates

10 Everybody Loves A Winner – William Bell

11 A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke cover) – Otis Redding

12 Counting To Sleep – Wallis Bird

13 Salt Of The Earth (Stones cover) – Ian McNabb

14 Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards – Billy Bragg