NDP Leader Jack Layton was singing the campaign blues last night. Literally.
Layton regaled his chartered night flight from Vancouver to Toronto with an apparently self-penned ditty called Campaign Blues.
Strumming along with his fellow guitar-playing travellers, the New Democrat also belted out Let It Be, Imagine, House of the Rising Sun, and a rousing Barrett's Privateers.
But perhaps the biggest laugh came when he performed Del Shannon's Runaway.
Impish reporters changed the chorus to "Stornoway, my Stor, Stor, Stor, Stor, Stornoway."
Layton shot a steely glare at the press wags over that improvisation.
Stornoway, of course, is the official residence of the leader of the opposition, currently occupied by Liberal Stephane Dion (though moving fans are standing by.)
New Democrats, who have never formed the official opposition, are reluctant to jinx things by talking about Stornoway.
Besides, they still want to believe their man can sing his way into 24 Sussex Drive.
-- Robert Benzie