Traditionally, the acceptance speech of an American presidential nominee is followed by a cascade of balloons from the convention hall ceiling and snappy, upbeat music blasting from the speakers. For a long time the preferred tune was Happy Days Are Here Again.
The Donald Trump convention in Cleveland, Ohio, ended on a different note last week: Mick Jagger (without his permission) wailing: “You can’t always get what you want … but if you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need”.
It’s a macabre song, featuring a girl with blood-stained hands, a bleeding man in a glass, and someone called Mr Jimmy at a Chelsea drugstore looking “pretty ill” and muttering the word “dead”. Whoever picked the number — one of the Trump “children” perhaps — chose well.