The BBC have banned a song that calls Theresa May a liar (even though it's number one)
PUBLISHED: 13:29 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:29 31 May 2017
Liar Liar GE2017 will not be played on Radio One's Official Singles Chart - but you can listen to it here
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism
The protest song, Liar Liar, was released last Friday by Captain Ska, a six-piece anti-austerity band. The song brands Theresa May a liar and jokes about her propensity toward sound bites with the lyrics “Saying they’re strong and stable won’t disguise / We’re still being taken for a ride.”
Despite receiving no airplay from radio stations, due to their self-imposed impartiality guidelines during election, Liar Liar GE2017 has already topped Amazon’s listing for songs downloaded in Britain and the iTunes UK chart.
BBC Radio One said in a statement: “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.”
Just in case you’d like to sing along, here are some of the lyrics:
“We all know politicians like telling lies
Big ones, little ones, porky pies
Saying they’re strong and stable won’t disguise
We’re still being taken for a ride
Nurses going hungry, schools in decline
I don’t recognise this broken country of mine
They’re having a laugh, let’s show them the door then
Cut the rich, not the poor.”
All proceeds from downloads will go to food banks and the People’s Assembly anti-austerity campaign until the election on June 8.
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.