Iain Duncan Smith – the Musical!

When he realises we’ve started making satirical music videos about him, Iain Duncan Smith will probably think he’s hit the big time.

Sad, deluded little man.

This is a project that has been developing for a while, after RTU himself went around the media, denying all the factual evidence that said his benefit cap had not put 12,000 people into work, as he was then claiming.

(A previous claim that 8,000 had gone into employment to avoid the effect of the benefit cap had been disproved by polling organisation Ipsos Mori, who surveyed 500 of those 8,000 people and found that only 45 had started work because of the cap. That’s nine per cent of the total claimed by the Secretary-in-a-State).

On this particular media junket, he refused to countenance the factual evidence that was put in front of him, saying he “believed” the anecdotal evidence provided to him by a few members of staff at Job Centre Plus.

That is now worthy of comment in itself, as he has been quick to dismiss the findings of the United Nations special rapporteur on adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik, as “anecdotal” – and she has spoken to far more people than he did!

Inevitably, Vox Political published an article on the subject and – because the SoS had made it a matter of belief, prefaced the story with a few verses that could be sung to the old Not The Nine o’clock News/Rowan Atkinson song ‘I Believe‘.

That would have been the end of it – but then it became clear that Mr … Smith was delaying a meeting with the Commons Work and Pensions committee, convened to make him account for his manipulation of the statistics.

It seems clear that he has been waiting for the fuss to die down.

Dear reader, you can probably work out the rest for yourself. The lyrics and music were available and, with the addition of a few more words, Vox Political went into the recording studio.

The audio track that resulted is rudimentary but does the job. Yes, that is Vox founder Mike Sivier’s voice, for which he apologises. He played all the instruments as well, so he supposes he should be doubly apologetic.

The video was put together with photographs trawled from the Internet, interspersed with specially-written captions, and is intended only to give YouTube viewers something visual to enjoy while they’re listening to the song. All the images are copyright their respective creators and were freely stolen for humorous use – for which, again, we apologise.

We think the result is a lot of fun – amateurish, haphazard and slapdash though it is.

It gets the point across.

Please feel free to copy the code and embed the YouTube video anywhere you see fit. This was made to be seen, to be enjoyed, and to get across a message about Iain Duncan Smith and his beliefs.

We hope you all enjoy it!

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25 thoughts on “Iain Duncan Smith – the Musical!

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      1. Carole Frost

        well done mike the words in your song sing the truth on this government especially IDS . i enjoyed listening to it i wish it would make number one in the charts. by the way i loved your voice never knew you could sing such romantis songs about iain duncan smith when does the cameron song come out ..can,t wait for that .

      2. Mike Sivier

        I thought I might do one about Michael Gove, based on a sixties classic:
        “If you’ve got to, Gove, oh, you’d better
        “Go now,
        “Go now,
        “GO. NOW!”

    1. Mike Sivier

      I think I’m still a little distance from that, considering the number of hits on the song. It’s respectable, for an afternoon, but it won’t pay the rent yet!
      Let’s all tell everybody about it, though, eh? See how far it can go.

  2. beastrabban

    Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog and commented:
    Mike, over at Vox Political, uses his vocal and musical talents to send up Iain Duncan Smith, and, indeed, the whole Tory leadership, with a satirical song based on the old ‘Not the Nine O’clock News’ piece about Ronald Reagan. Get ready, ladies and gents, for Iain Duncan Smith – the Musical! Complete with Wurlitzer soundtrack so you too can share their taste in Hammond Organ classics such as ‘Funk Goes Wagner’, the music of choice of Arnold Rimmer.

  3. beastrabban

    Excellent, Mike. You realise that if you keep this up, you’ll become the internet’s answer to Flanders and Swan and Tom Lehrer.

    1. Mike Sivier

      I believe MPs should not sit on the fence
      I believe in conviction, and not in evidence
      I believe that yes means yes, and no means… yes
      I believe (IDS), oh I believe (IDS.

      I believe Chris Huhne was really not a crook (He did the driving)
      I believe Britannia Unchained is a readable book (Workers aren’t skiving)
      I’m prepared to believe that the government isn’t leaking (We’ve got the truth)
      And that Boris Johnson sometimes thinks before speaking (But show me proof)
      And I believe J. Hunt is clever.
      Kenneth Clarke will live forever,
      And that GM good will make us healthier,
      And there were W.M.D.s out in the desert.

      I believe that Cameron means what he says,
      And that Michael Gove had good ‘O’ Level grades.

      And I believe our courts are great,
      That the NHS is safe,
      And the country is professionally-run,
      And that George Osborne knows how to do his sums.

      I believe that William Hague wants peace, not war,
      And that Liam Fox knew what his friends were for.

      And I believe that the Devil is ready to repent…
      But I don’t believe IDS should be in government!

  4. Jonathan Wilson

    His name is Iain Dunken Smith,
    he is a tory tw@.
    He once claimed for his underpants,
    cos he’s a dirty rat.
    He lies about his statistics,
    and on telly has a spat.

    That dirty f**king liar,
    sure hates the poor f**king plebs.

    (to the tune of pin ball wizard… or my old mans a dustman) And appols for the swearing.

    1. beastrabban

      Way back in Maggie’s time, Spitting Image also took the mick out of one of her cabinet to the tune of ‘Pinball Wizard’. They had that particular ‘gentleman’ singing ‘I’m I pinstripe d*ckhead, I’m a bit of a twit…when they gave out brains I’m afraid I missed the boat’.

  5. Jonathan Wilson

    @beastrabban, I didn’t know that… re: pinball wizard…

    But hey it shows just how they never change their spots, poor people are only poor because they are poor.

    the people with the least to lose should take the biggest risks, Arbeit macht frei as lord fraud would say…. work sets you free of the bedroom tax.

    Making work pay should be achieved through making a subsistence level of support even less, so that a sh*t level of pay looks damn right beneficial.

    Perhaps we should re-do the wonderful Spitting Image, the brilliant “watching you” skit, to take note of the new and improved ConDem gov and how they are no better than the last lot… a new and improved “pinball” and “watching you”

    I shall think on about the IDS and Hoban “statements” to do further verses of pinball… and will let others do the re-worked watching you…

    But for a start…

    Every breath you take…
    Every dream you break …
    ATOS is watching you..

    If you can breath…
    If you can move…
    then you are fit..
    to work for for…

    well its a start, don’t want to get sanctioned for doing to much work, lol.

  6. beachsideleighwightparty

    amateurish, haphazard and slapdash ! JUST LIKE THE Government it sings of.
    Great job Mike…

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