‘Such a sad event’: why musicians hate the Tory party conference

Florence Welch and Calvin Harris have objected to their music being used at the Tory conference – the way Keane and the Dandy Warhols once did, too. It’s not surprising, given the tin-eared way the Tories twist song meanings

But cross she is – Florence Welch tweeted that the Tories’ use of You Got the Love “was not approved by us nor would it have been had they asked”. She was joined by onetime collaborator Calvin Harris, whose track with Rihanna, This Is What You Came For, was used for May’s walk-on music. He wrote on Twitter: “I do not support nor condone happy songs being played at such a sad event … Also cough plus grey complexion suggests liver cleanse needed – blood prob very dark – body trying to cleanse but lack of nutrients pls google.” Given Harris once looked like a white pudding squeezed behind some novelty sunglasses and is now an Armani underwear model, May should probably take heed.

Anyway, they’re actually quite appropriate song choices, though not for the right reasons. One lyric in This Is What You Came For – “Lightning strikes every time she moves” – perfectly reflects May’s galumphing inability to leave Downing Street without further alienating herself from the electorate, while another – “Everybody’s watching her, but she’s looking at you” – neatly sums up how her Corbyn/Boris fixation, at the expense of inspirational rhetoric, perhaps undermines the Conservatives’ voting base. “We say nothing more than we need”, finally, is surely a Tory backroom mantra.