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The People's Flag Is Palest Pink

The People's Flag Is Palest Pink, also known as The Red Flag Once a Year or the Battle Hymn of the New Socialist Party, is a parody of the song The Red Flag.

It is intended to satirise the lack of socialist principles in the British Labour Party. It long predates the reforms associated with Tony Blair. It was widely known in the 1970s, sometimes sung during late night parties at student conferences. Versions of this song have been recorded and released at least twice by singer/songwriter Leon Rosselson under the title of "Battle Hymn of the New Socialist Party" between the late 1960s and the early 2000s and he may claim credit for authorship of the song.

It is sung to the tune Tannenbaum. There are variants, but it runs something like this:-

The people's flag is palest pink
It's not the colour you might think
White collar workers stand and cheer
The Labour government is here
We'll change the country bit by bit
So nobody will notice it
And just to show that we're sincere
We'll sing The Red Flag once a year

The cloth cap and the woollen scarf
Are images outdated
For we're the party's avant garde
And we are educated
So raise the rolled umbrella high
The college scarf, the old school tie
And just to show that we're sincere
We'll sing The Red Flag once a year

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