The BBC is under pressure not to play a “calypso” record released by Ukip, which was today denounced as offensive by rival MPs.
Nigel Farage endorsed a song written and performed in a cod-Jamaican accent by Mike Read, the former Radio 1 DJ and Ukip supporter. He called for supporters to send it to number one in the singles charts.
Conservative MPs urged the BBC not to play the song, saying the lyrics, hailing the prospect of Nigel Farage in Downing Street, amounted to political advertising in the run-up to the Rochester and Strood by-election. Last night the song had reached 17 in the iTunes download charts.
The song laments “illegal immigrants in every town”, EU “bans” on bent bananas and Jean Claude Juncker, the president-elect of the European Commission. It says Labour and Conservative are “shaking in their boots” in the face of Ukip.
Come along now, why not? As a country we’ve had My Ding A Ling, Mr Blobby, Clive Dunn, St Winnifried’s and the Sodding Brotherhood of Man as Number 1 singles. It’s impossible to argue that this is worse than all of those: and Lord Knows politics needs a bit of lightening up at present.