“F*ck Tha Police” isn’t exactly the track you’d expect to be your Lib Dem leader’s favourite, but the NWA classic got Tim Farron into a bit of trouble this weekend.
Farron was in a meeting with the head of the local NHS trust at his office when the song started playing suddenly. He admitted that his kids set the song as his ringtone after he reviewed Straight Outta Compton as a joke for website RAM Album Club.
He was re-telling the story at the Lib Dem party conference in Brighton, saying, “[The album] is deservedly considered a classic, but it’s a bit sweary.”
“I downloaded the album to my phone but my kids had been mucking about with my phone one morning, and apparently linked my ring tone with my iTunes. And so later that day, there I was in my office in Kendal meeting with the chief executive of the local NHS trust, when my phone went off and we were all treated to a quick burst of ‘eff the police’.
“Which was lovely. Almost a pity I wasn’t due to meet the chief constable until later that afternoon.”
He concluded by assuring the audience that while he admired NWA, their feelings about the police were very different to his own.