Print Edition - 2017-06-04 | Life & Style
Liar, Liar: Election song reaches no 4
Jun 4, 2017-
A general election protest song branding British Prime Minister Theresa May a liar reached number four in the weekly charts on Friday—despite the BBC refusing to play it.
“She’s a liar, liar. You can’t trust her, no, no, no no,” goes the song by seven-piece band Captain Ska, interspersed with audio clips from May as well as references to school, health service and police cuts.
Liar, Liar GE2017 was released last Friday with the support of the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, a left-wing group that has mounted large protests against the Conservative government’s budget cuts.
“The success of this song shows people are fed up with this government of the rich, for the rich,” the band said in a statement.
The track was the highest new entry on the official singles chart.
It was originally released in 2010 in response to the creation of the previous Conservative-led coalition government under prime minister David Cameron. BBC Radio 1 said the song would not be played as part of the official chart countdown on Friday due to rules governing the campaign ahead of the June 8 vote.
“We do not ban songs or artists. However our editorial guidelines require us to remain impartial and the UK is currently in an election period, so we will not be playing the song,” it said in a statement.
The record is the best-selling studio album ever in Britain and the third biggest-selling album of all time in the country, behind Queen’s Greatest Hits and ABBA’s Gold compilations, having shifted 5.2 million copies.
Published: 04-06-2017 08:51