‘Oh Flower Of Flextension’: Alastair Campbell plays bagpipes as Brexit ‘relief’
Former Downing Street press secretary Alastair Campbell has shared a video of himself playing bagpipes to provide a “little light relief” during the “Brexit madness”.
A vocal advocate for the People’s Vote campaign group, which supports a public ballot on the final Brexit deal, Mr Campbell said his bagpipes “make a much needed intervention”.
At the end of the footage, he declares: “That was a new tune called ‘Oh Flower Of Flextension: Do Not Listen To The May Madness’, goodbye.”
He tagged political leaders in his post including European Council president Donald Tusk, Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macro, saying: “This is for you.”
The reaction to his video has been awash with puns, with TV presenter Piers Morgan describing him as a “whiny, old, puffed up windbag” in response.
Others were more encouraging of Mr Campbell’s playing, with some suggesting venues for his next performance.
Outside the home of Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg was one popular suggestion.
Some had other jokes to make about the music, with TV producer Jim Sheridan confusing the instrument with a screaming octopus.
He tweeted: “Good god Alastair what are you doing to that Octopus!! Can’t you hear him screaming.”
And the performance even merited a duet thanks to one fellow Twitter user.
User @lulichill shared a video of their dog listening and barking along with Mr Campbell’s playing.
“I loved it you talented man,” they said. “But you set my dog off!”