Outgoing NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear can be seen here singing Janie Jones backed by a Clash tribute band.
Maybe the reasons why Dear has decided to quit his post and not stand for re-election are contained in the lyrics:
"He's in love with rock'n'roll woaahh He's in love with gettin' stoned woaahh He's in love with Janie Jones But he don't like his boring job, no..."
I liked the quote from new general secretary-elect Michelle Stanistreet after Dear's performance at the NUJ's delegate meeting in Southport at the weekend. "It was certainly interesting,” she said. "But we will be consulting with our grassroots members through our Tea Dance Working Party to establish future policy on musical entertainment.
"Sing-along numbers like ‘Janie Jones’ are certainly popular with the older delegates, but it may be that our younger members would prefer something more modern and fab groovy, as I understand they say."
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