1. ‘Liar liar’: Protest song against Theresa May surges to number 1 in charts ahead of British election

‘Liar liar’: Protest song against Theresa May surges to number 1 in charts ahead of British election

A political protest song about British Prime Minister Theresa May is at the top of the charts in the UK. The song which witnessed thousands of downloads and streams is called "Liar Liar Ge2017" and it has released just two weeks before the country's national election.

By: | Published: May 31, 2017 1:18 PM
The song takes on the policies of the country’s Conservative Party. It has attached samples of May’s speeches with a chorus which says, “She’s a liar liar, no you can’t trust her”. (Reuters)

A political protest song about British Prime Minister Theresa May is at the top of the charts in the UK. The song which witnessed thousands of downloads and streams is called “Liar Liar Ge2017” and it has released just two weeks before the country’s national election. The song mocks her ‘strong and stable’ motto ahead of the national election which is scheduled to be held on June 8. The ‘Liar’ song created by Captain SKA is now at the top of Amazon’s listing for songs downloaded in Britain, and also sits at number one in Apple’s iTunes UK chart, despite a ban on radio stations, a Reuters report said.

The song takes on the policies of the country’s Conservative Party. It has attached samples of May’s speeches with a chorus which says, “She’s a liar liar, no you can’t trust her”. One of the verses in the song continues as: “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.”

The reggae-style song by the seven-member London group Captain Ska came out on Friday, May 26. Commercial stations such as Heart and Capital FM are staying away from the song, as is the public service broadcaster the BBC, Associated Press reported. BBC radio refused to play the song in full but aired five-second clips in news reports instead.

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There are many protest songs in history, which became hugely popular. The list includes a Sex Pistols song called “God Save The Queen” which released in 1977. Another song called “Ding-Dong, The Witch is Dead,” by Wizard of Oz, became famous following the death of Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female premier.


While many opinion polls have put May’s party in front of opposition groups, but her party’s lead in opinion polls has narrowed sharply in the last week, according to a Reuters report. The band Captain SKA, in a statement published by Official UK Charts Company, said: “The success of this song shows people are fed up with this government of the rich, for the rich.”

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