Penny Post Brexit Song and Book Title Competition – the winners

This competition has now closed

Many thanks to all of you who entered. After a fair amount of agonising, we felt that two entries had entered into the spirit of the competiton and then taken it that bit further. So hats off to our winner, Daniel Haggarty, with his re-writing of Should I Stay or Should I Go? by The Clash:

Boris you got to let us know
Should we stay or should we go?
If you say that you resign
We’ll be here ’til the end of time
So you got to let us know
Should we stay or should we go?

Always deceive, deceive, deceive
Bringing the country to its knees
No-deal’s a crime and next it’s black
So if you want us off your back
Well, come on and let us know
Should we stay or should we go?

Should we stay or should we go now?
Should we stay or should we go now?
If we go, there will be trouble
And if we stay it will be double
So come on and let us know
Should we stay or should we go?

This indecision’s bugging me
350 million every week
Who wrote that, some silly freak
Don’t you know to tell the truth?
Come on and let us know
Should we stay or should we go?

Should we stay or should we go now?
Should we stay or should we go now?
If we go there will be trouble
And if we stay it will be double
So ya gotta let us know
Should we stay or should we go?

And, keep the hats off for Susan Chapman who combined five songs into one answer:

The Clash asked “should I stay or should I go?” and were promised complete control. Franz Ferdinand demanded “take me out” and Blondie said “one way or another:” but The Rolling Stones had the last word with “you can’t always get what you want.”

They win a £10 voucher at The Naked Grape and a £10 voucher at The Hungerford Bookshop respectively.

Honourable mentions to James Hoskins, who also took Should I Stay or Should I Go? and added a commentary: and to Trevor Jones for his prolific number of suggestions. Here are a some of the titles that we received:

Stay by Maurice Williams
I Got You (EU) Babe by Sonny & Cher
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
What a Crazy World we’re Living in by Joe Brown & The Bruvvers
I Want To Break Free by Queen
A Little Less Conversation by Elvis Presley
Sorrow Without End by Priscilla Royal
Seems Like it Just Goes on and on By Bad Neighbours
It Will Never End by Eternal
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
Kicking the Can Down The Road by Rick Cuevas
Tired of Waiting for You by The Kinks.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Set Me Free by Hina Belitz
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do by Neil Sedaka
Waiting For Action by Jesper Kyd
I’m Still Waiting by Diana Ross
The Long Wait by Micky Spillane
You Keep Me Hangin’ on by The Supremes.
Breaking Up by Nigel Williams
Please Release Me by Engelbert Humperdinck
The Big Split By Rowan Mcauley
Lord, How Will You Get Me Out of this Mess? By Kay Golbeck and Irene Burk Hurrell
The English are Best by Flanders and Swann
Stuck in the Middle with You by Stealers Wheel

Many thanks again to all of you who took part. Sorry we were a bit late in announcing the results. In the circumstances, however, that seems quite appropriate. Many thanks also to The Naked Grape and The Hungerford Bookshop for donating the prizes.


You’ve heard the speeches, debates and legal judgements, you’ve listened to Question Time on BBC or Nick Ferrari on LBC, you’ve talked about it in the pub or at home or at work: and still you, like the politicians, haven’t go the slightest idea what’s going to happen next. You brain has blurred Black Rod, Bercow, Boris, Benyon, Barnier, Brussels and the backstop into a bilious ball of Brexit-bloated bile and bewilderment – and who can blame it?

Help, however, is at hand.

The Penny Post Brexit Song and Book Competition is a simple way to alleviate these blues. Thanks to the support of The Naked Grape and The Hungerford Bookshop, we can offer you a £10 voucher at either of these excellent and award-winning shops in Hungerford High Street to provide the solace of fine wine or fine words just when they’re most needed.

Simply let us know what, in your view, is the song title and/or the book title that best sums up any or all aspects of the current crisis. It doesn’t matter if the actual song or the book itself describes something completely different – it’s a good title that we’re after. For example, neither Je ne Regrette Rien nor Decline and Fall are about Brexit but the titles suggest that each might be.

How to Enter

All you need to do is email your suggestion/s to with the the subject ‘Brexit Competition‘.

For songs we need the title and any one of the artists who performed it; for the books we need the title and the author. You can supply as many suggestions as you wish. If you have any additional ideas, you can also enter more than once. If you want to explain to what aspect of the current fiasco your choice refers to then please append a short note.

The closing date is midnight on Sunday 3 November. As Brexit was delayed we thought we’d delay this from the original date of 31 October as well, just to show we could do it.

The winner and runner up will be chosen by Penny and Brian. In either case if more than one person has suggested the same book or song title then we’ll select one of the entrants at random. The winner and runner up might both have suggested book titles or both song titles or one of each. The one we judge to be the best will get the choice of either the £10 voucher from The Naked Grape or the £10 voucher from The Hungerford Bookshop. The runner up will receive the other one.

Terms and conditions

• If you’re not already a subscriber to Penny Post, by entering this competition you’re agreeing to have your email address added to our circulation list. We do not pass on information to third parties and you can opt out at any time. The names of the winners will be announced in an updated version of this post.

• We may add some or all of the responses to this post. These may feature the name of the person suggesting them but no other information. 

• Please supply your phone number (only to be used in case we need to contact you if you have won), your name and the town or village in which you live.

• Please DO NOT reply to the competition by posting a comment on this post: you must email with the the subject ‘Brexit Competition’.

• The winners will be selected as described above and notified by email within 48 hours of the closing date (see above). If we haven’t heard from you to confirm acceptance within 48 hours of the notification we will select another winner to whom this condition will also apply.

• The winner will be put in touch with The Naked Grape and The Hungerford Bookshop directly to claim their vouchers. These will need to be collected from the shops in person. No change will be given in the event that the item/s purchased cost less than £9.99.

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