April 24, 2013 17:08

Justice Collective co-founder blasts BBC for not playing 'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead'

Loose group's next musical campaign will be in support of the NHS

Justice Collective co-founder blasts BBC for not playing 'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead'

Photo: Justice Collective

One of the founding members of the Justice Collective, Keith Mullin, has hit out at the BBC for refusing to play 'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead' on the Official Chart Show, calling it a "political decision" not to.

Mullin spoke to NME after he and the rest of the Justice Collective received an Inspiration Award at Liverpool's GIT Awards – 'the Scouse Mercurys' – at the weekend. He said "I thought the BBC were completely wrong. It's not their job to moderate it in that way and that's the fact of the matter. That was a politically-made decision."

Mullin, also guitarist in The Farm, and the rest of the Justice Collective reached last year's Christmas Number One with an all-star cover of The Hollies' 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother.' It featured Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams and The Clash's Mick Jones, among others, and raised funds for the families of the Hillsborough disaster victims, as they continue to pursue justice over the events of April 15, 1989, which saw 96 Liverpool FC fans crushed to death at the Sheffield stadium.

The 52 year-old said that his next target was a song in aid of the NHS, which is in the process of rigorous restructuring under the coalition government. "It's a fucking jewel in the crown of the country and it's being destroyed," Mullin said, "so I'd love to do something for them … when we haven't got an NHS we'll be fucked."

The Wizard Of Oz song 'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead' reached Number Two in the charts recently, after a campaign in the wake of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's death aged 87.

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