The track compares Queen Elizabeth II to Saddam Hussein...

The BBC has been criticised for playing a rap song that compares QUEEN ELIZABETH II to SADDAM HUSSEIN.

‘Great Britain’, is written and performed by Scor-Zay-Zee, a DJ and rapper who has converted to Islam.

The song, which has received spot-plays on Radio 1’s Zane Lowe show, also accuses the Royal Family of murdering Princess Diana, criticizes Britain’s relationship with the US, accuses British people of being “brainwashed” and contains the lines: “The queen lives in a house like Saddam Hussein. They’re both rich so I guess they are one and the same”.

“The BBC should not be playing this song,” Mediawatch UK director, John Beyer told The Sunday Telegraph.

But a BBC spokeswoman responded to his comment, saying that the song was chosen entirely on musical merit and had not yet received any complaints.

“It is a protest song and has been selected entirely on the basis of musical merit. The track is not part of the Radio 1 playlist but has been spot played on the Zane Lowe show on Radio 1 at 10pm. The track has provoked strong opinions but no complaints and the lyrics represent the personal views of a particular artist, not those of the BBC,” she told BBC News Online.