Opinion: Mark Cliff on the outlook for 2018

Mark Cliff

Ian Dury’s Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3 is a post-punk classic, with, incidentally, a bass line that will get you barreling down to the moshpit. 

If ‘health service glasses, gigolos and brasses, round or skinny bottoms,’ gives you reasons to be cheerful, I’m especially pleased for you.

It was written back in 1979 during the UK’s Winter of Discontent, when the then Labour government brought the country to the edge of a nervous breakdown. 

We need reasons to be cheerful on the threshold of 20

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