As Chris de Burgh rears his ugly Christmas head through the office stereo, from the gap in my open window I can hear a man whistling the tune to one of the following:-
a) Socialist anthem, "Keep the red flag flying high".
b) Chelsea FC anthem, "Keep the blue flag flying high".
c) West Ham United FC anthem, "Stick the blue flag up your arse".
I am taking bets. To which group of humankind does the man belong?
The odds are:-
Chelsea Fan 7 to 4 favourite
West Ham Fan 20 to 1
Labour Cabinet Member 40,000,000 to 1
A time transported gentleman, an early pioneer of the Labour Party, would shake the man by the hand and say, "Good to hear a friendly sound, brother...on these cacophonous streets."
And the whistling man would most likely reply...
"Are you Chelsea?"