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Hokey Cokey Pokey Party

YOU put your right leg in . . . It’s a dance-floor favourite at family gatherings and a good indicator of when elderly aunts have had enough sherry.

But, as the party season gets into full swing, the Catholic church and politicians in Scotland have warned that singing the Hokey Cokey could get you arrested because it contains a sinister, sectarian message. They claim the ditty was composed by Puritans during the 18th century to mock the language and actions used by priests at Latin Mass and could be hijacked by bigots.

Politicians have urged the police to arrest anyone caught singing the song in a sectarian context under legislation on incitement to religious hatred.

SNP MSP Michael Matheson said: “It is important that the police and football clubs are aware of the sinister background to this song, and take the appropriate action...

(The single reached the #18 spot on the U.K. singles chart in 1981. The holiday spoof was performed by Frosty, Blob, Lump and Norman according to Stiff Records. Most people suspect that it was Ian Dury and The Blockheads.)


Give me strength. Last night, for the second time in a week, I joined in a Hokey-Cokey. If any of the parties went out Catholic-bashing afterwards, it hasn't hit the papers yet.

I suspect that when the neo-Puritans get through with smoking and drinking, dancing will be next: their ancestors actually started with it in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

So, if you are looking for another way to get up the nostrils of our current masters, make your wife a happy woman and take her to dance class, while it is still legal.

You may be assured that the hokey cokey will be sung by about 49 000 people in Glasgow on Saturday afternoon.

And no doubt the Papists will join in with enthusiasm.

I think this is PC crap just gone too far. I for one will not stop singing this song.

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