Wagner's dreams of snow-capped glory may have gone up in smoke yesterday, but there's still hope for those hoping to stick it to Simon Cowell - and do the same to the Clegg-eron coalition over their savage cuts agenda. Captain SKA's hit video "Liar Liar" - featured on Left Foot Forward ten days ago - will go for Christmas gold against whoever wins the X Factor, going on sale from December 12th.
Wagner’s dreams of snow-capped glory may have gone up in smoke yesterday, but there’s still hope for those hoping to stick it to Simon Cowell – and do the same to the Clegg-eron coalition over their savage cuts agenda. Captain SKA’s hit video “Liar Liar” – featured on Left Foot Forward ten days ago – will go for Christmas gold against whoever wins the X Factor, going on sale from December 12th.
Rather than lining Cowell’s pockets, all proceeds from “Liar Liar” will go to charities helping victims of the cuts and a new campaign website False Economy that will gather information from around the UK on the effects of the cuts and link-up the many anti-cuts campaigns that have already been set up.
False Economy’s supporters, which include the TUC, local campaign groups and on-line activists, want to build the broadest possible movement that can get the government to change direction.
The charities and campaigns that will benefit are:
• Homelessness charity Crisis, whose services will be in ever-greater demand as the coalition cuts bite;
• Disability Alliance, which aims to break the link between disability and poverty, a situation set to deteriorate following the coalition’s slashing of £3 billion from disability benefits, which risks further disadvantaging and impoverishing hundreds of thousands of disabled people and their families;
• False Economy, mentioned above; and
• Women’s Health Matters, a women’s charity working with some of the most excluded women, living on the edges of society. The cuts have already had a impact on their ability to deliver services.
Captain Ska says:
“I’ve never much been into politics before, but the spending cuts are going to really hit millions of people who did nothing to cause this recession. And ska can be the soundtrack for the campaign, just as two-tone was one of the few good things to come from the 1980s – the last time we had a government that did so much to rip the country apart.”
Just in case you haven’t already seen the video, here it is:
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