Christmas cheer for Kirsty

Yesterday was the ninth anniversary of Kirsty MacColl’s death, and it came poignantly less than a week after Kirsty’s mum, the redoubtable (and now 86-year-old)  Jean MacColl, announced that she is dropping her famous campaign for justice for Kirsty. The Mexican judicial system has proved too hard a nut to crack, and there is nothing more that can be done to bring the supermarket magnate whose boat killed her to justice. It’s a huge shame. Her mother is determined to keep doing what she can privately, but she says that “it felt dishonest to go on, to keep asking for money, when we don’t feel we’ve got a chance.”

I know, I know. I know tons of people who leave the room if you so much as say “Shane McGowan” – including one guy who used to live above him or something and if you mention his name starts swearing so badly he makes McGowan himself sound like Mary Poppins’ maiden aunt. But this is a great song, and you have to admit he’s something else. And Kirsty’s lovely. And the video is like a time machine. And it really is like Christmas, this song.

As for Jean, she says: “when I hear those words: ‘You scumbag, you maggot’, I’ll think of that man.”

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