NEW YORK — The song has a catchy chorus and a not-so-subtle message.
“She’s a liar, liar. She’s a liar, liar. You can’t trust her, no, no, no, no,” it goes, accompanied by snippets of its target, British Prime Minister Theresa May, variously laughing, speaking earnestly, and, in one heavily edited clip, herself saying, “no, no, no, no.”
Just over a week before a general election in Britain, a scathing song lampooning May for her perceived political flip-flopping appears to have captured the national mood, climbing to the top of the UK iTunes chart. Released on Friday, the song was No. 2 on the chart by Monday afternoon, behind a remix of “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber.
“Liar, Liar” has been viewed 597,000 times on YouTube.
May has come under criticism for a series of U-turns.
She vowed she would not call an early election and then did just that. She supported Britain remaining in the European Union, yet is now overseeing its departure. She has been criticized for backtracking from new plans to finance care for older people, even as she has portrayed herself as the champion of those “just about managing” to get by.
The song is by Captain Ska, a politically fueled ensemble of session musicians.
Some accuse broadcasters of censorship for not playing the song, including the BBC. The BBC said it would not play the song because of editorial guidelines requiring impartiality during elections.