‘Liar, Liar’ – The Anti-May Pop Song the Beeb Won’t Play

Yesterday’s I carried a piece by Adam Sherwin about a pop song against Theresa May that the Beeb definitely won’t be playing. The article reads

‘The BBC will not play a song accusing Theresa May of being a “liar” which has already made the top ten.

“Liar Liar’ by seven-piece band Captain Ska from London, includes soundbites from several of the Prime Minister’s speeches and interviews with the chorus: “She’s a liar liar, you can’t trust her, no, no, no.”

The lyrics include: ‘Where there’s nurses going hungry and schools in decline I don’t recognise this broken country of mine.”

Released last Friday, the song has soared to No. 7 in the Officials Singles Chart midweek update and has made the Download chart top 10. However the BBC said the song would not be included on the Radio 1 playlist or aired during Friday’s Official Chart rundown.

A spokesman for Radio 1 said: ‘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.”

Capital FM and Heart have also opted not to play the song.

The band said in a statement: “We’re overwhelmed with the support and our message is that people do have the power to change society if we act together.’

Ordinarily, I’d say the ban on playing very political music during an election was fair. However, considering the massive bias the Beeb has against Corbyn and the Labour party, as shown in their attack on him on Woman’s Hour and the Six O’clock News, the refusal to play the record seems a bit hypocritical. Would the Beeb similarly censor a record if it extolled the virtues of May or Boris Johnson?

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3 Responses to “‘Liar, Liar’ – The Anti-May Pop Song the Beeb Won’t Play”

  1. joanna Says:

    I found this written by Hassan Nassar

    “Theresa May, Strong and Stable
    Stole the food
    From the children’s table
    Took away their daily bread
    Then stole grans house
    When she was dead
    To pay for care when she got ill
    When fighting a war
    Should’ve paid the bill
    Set out to kill the remaining old
    By taking cash when it gets cold
    Then cut the pensions of those left
    A nasty, evil, hateful theft
    And she wants us to tick her boxes
    When she wants to bring back killing foxes
    No police, no fire or ambulance crews
    If you’re robbed, or trapped or hurt, you’re screwed
    With tax breaks for her corporate chums
    And “rape tests” for multiple mums
    Is this a place you want to live?
    Where you get less back
    Than what you give?
    So I’ll tell you this, I’ll tell you straight
    The choice is yours on June the 8th
    A vote for May will give you this
    Where the poor stay poor
    And the rich get rich
    Your choice could end the pain and sorrow
    And give us all a new tomorrow

    Do the right thing…
    Vote labour..”

  2. joanna Says:

    I have just listened to “liar liar and got the lyrics online it is awesome!!
    Haven’t the BBC learned, that if you ban a song especially in the internet age it will go viral and get more popular. The public aren’t stupid they can see for themselves, I loved bands like The Jam and the style council, and all those who tried to make life better through their music!!!

    • Beastrabban Says:

      I think they’re probably aware of that. I can remember what happened when the Corporation said that they wouldn’t play Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s ‘Relax’. Automatically, just about all the rebellious kids in the country bought it and it went straight to number 1.
      And I definitely remember the Jam and Style Council – I’ve put up ‘Walls Come Tumbling Down’ on this blog.:)

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