‘Liar Liar GE2017’: The anti-Theresa May lyrics BBC Radio won't play

'I want to have a government that doesn’t think that fascism is where it's at'

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Various radio stations won't play the number three song in the UK right now because it labels Prime Minister Theresa May a ‘liar’. 

Titled ‘Liar Liar GE2017’, the track from Captain Ska has raced up the charts, the latest Official Singles Chart update and iTunes chart currently having the song at number three.

Campaign organisation People's Assembly Against Austerity has been promoting the track, the lyrics from which cover NHS, education, and poverty. 

The song was even briefly at number one in the iTunes chart before being edged by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’ track featuring Justin Bieber. 

Along with the BBC, other radio stations have also refused to play the song, including The Big Top 40 show on Capital FM.

“We do not ban songs or artists,” the BBC said in a statement. “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.”

So, which lyrics are ruffling feathers? Let’s have a closer look.

She's a liar liar / Ohhh / She’s a liar liar / No you can't trust her” — The song’s chorus; a little on the nose perhaps, but a direct and catchy message. 

“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” — Anyone who has heard May talking over the last few weeks will immediately recognise the conservative mantra ‘strong and stable’. Except, as Captain Ska says, the party's policies are not really that stable after all. 

“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” — Playing on the general view of the ‘nasty party’ dividing the classes and ruining social services with their umpteen cuts. 

“I will be very clear that I think we need that period of time / That stability, to be able to deal with the issues that the country is facing / I’m not going to be calling a snap election” — Yes, that's a segment from a Theresa May interview from less than a year ago…

“I want to have a government that doesn’t think that fascism is where it's at / Whilst putting the mother of all bombs into tiny hands will go very wrong” — Tiny hands? A play on President Donald Trump, the President of the United States and Leader of the Free World. Should the UK idly stand aside as Trump continues to implement controversial laws? No, according to Captain Ska. 

“I'm hoping for a future for my child / Where she can grow and feel inspired / Do everything in your power you can / People rising up is the only plan” — We live in a democracy. Go vote on 8 June.

Speaking about the song, the band said: "The success of this song shows people are fed up with this government of the rich, for the rich. We're overwhelmed with the support and our message is that people do have the power to change society if we act together.”

Currently, the Conservatives lead in the polls, with Labour encroaching on their lead daily.

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