The argument is raging… should the BBC play Ding Dong The Witch Is dead when it gets to number one?
The single is a couple of thousand downloads short of number one now. Details of the single are available from its facebook page.
It’s hardly Ghost Town by the Specials – which would have been the best number one possible- reflecting the reality of Thatcher’s eighties the UK in song and video.
But it’s the song that many people are rallying around and it’s on it’s way to number one which means the BBC will have to play it.
This is causing the Daily Mail and establishment music writers like Neil McCormick at the Daily Telegraph to tell the BBC that it should not be playing the single in the week of Thatcher’s burial. In Thursday’s Daily Mail, the paper branded Romany Blythe, the woman who set up the Facebook page “The Witch is Dead” as a “teacher of hatred”, quoting critics who condemned plans for Thatcher “death parties” as “revolting” and “offensive”.
The BBC have said that when the single gets played they will have a reporter explaining who Thatcher was to the young people who still care about charts.
For many people Thatcher was a decisive figure and this has not really been reflected in the mainstream media with the Daily Mail writing about a person that most people in the country don’t recognise.
What do you think? should the song get played in the chart run down? should it be a better song that’s number one?