Captain SKA took the British music scene by storm in 2010 with anti-austerity track Liar Liar. The track quickly gained them a reputation for holding the Tories to account and speaking up against neoliberal politics.
Now, they’re back with an election message the whole country needs to hear.
“You can’t trust her”
The group is set to release a new version of Liar Liar with Theresa May front and centre. Here is a teaser for the song, which will officially come out on 26 May:
Captain SKA says that all download proceeds from before the election will go to food banks across the UK, and to The People’s Assembly Against Austerity. The hope is to get the song into the Top 40 so the BBC will have to play it.
Food bank Britain
The group says it was “just so angry” recently when Theresa May appeared in one of her first proper media interviews of the election campaign. In her interview with Andrew Marr on 30 April, the presenter challenged May’s record in several key areas. And in particular, he asked about her record on public sector workers who’ve received below inflation pay rises. Marr said:
We have nurses going to food banks at the moment. That must be wrong.
The country has seen food bank usage grow and grow under the Conservatives. And what left Captain SKA and others across Britain so angry was May’s failure to give a simple and convincing response to Marr’s point. The Conservative leader simply said:
there are many complex reasons why people go to food banks
She also claimed that the problem would only be solved “if you have a government that understands the importance of that strength in the economy”. This in spite of organisations like The Resolution Foundation saying we’re set for the biggest rise in inequality since the Thatcher years. And after seven years of Tory rule, it’s difficult not to point the finger.
Outlook for rising income inequality – 1st increase since 1980s – is largely driven by policy. Will any party pledge to address this, & how? pic.twitter.com/6jQpHrw5D6
— ResolutionFoundation (@resfoundation) May 12, 2017
Strong and stable?
Theresa May has already undertaken a number of U-turns since she became Prime Minister. She also has the record of being only the second Home Secretary in history to have been found in contempt of court. A ruling which saw a judge slam her behaviour as “regrettable and unacceptable”.
And her party doesn’t have a much better record itself. In fact, citizens have almost come to expect that the Conservatives will break their promises:
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) April 26, 2017
No wonder, then, that Captain SKA isn’t the only voice telling people not to trust Theresa May and her party. As Prof David Graeber from the London School of Economics and Political Science wrote recently:
Theresa May recites Labour’s lines, but doesn’t mean a word of them… Where most Tories can merely be counted on to act like cynics, there is reason to believe May actually is one. There is a certain purity, even innocence, in this. But it means you can’t believe a word of what she says.
Captain SKA flying the flag for UK protest music
2010 saw Captain SKA hit the spotlight for the first time with the original version of Liar Liar – aimed at the Tory-Lib Dem Coalition:
More recently, the group recorded the following song, which it “dedicated to everyone fighting against the privatisation of our public services”. The inspiration behind the song, it said, was the increasing “marketisation of our education system”; a system in which “head teachers are having to focus far too much time on business plans, marketing strategies and league tables”.
If you agree with Captain SKA’s message for the country, and want to see the new version of Liar Liar hit the charts just before the 8 June election, you can download the song on 26 May.
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