Esther McVey, cheerleader for the things like the Bedroom Tax, benefit sanctions, food banks and lots more, was recently reinstated in the Tory Government as Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, much to everyone's disgust, including Jeremy Corbyn who said her appointment would be "a cause for alarm for disabled people".
In January, a campaign was launched, backed by Salford TUC, to Sack Esther McVey Again, building on a previous successful campaign to get her sacked as MP for the Wirral (see previous Salford Star article – click here). And this week she had to step down from the advisory board of The Samaritans after a similar outcry.
Today, McVey is set to face questions in Parliament about DWP benefit cruelty, and, to coincide, a new hard hitting but catchy track is being launched called No More (Sack Esther Now), written and sung by Salford's Dominic Williams.
The track hits on issues like war on the poor and consequent benefit and sanction deaths, or 'de-population by stealth', with the chorus...
'Take a look tell me can you see
She's never ever going to let you be
The vitriol she's aiming at the sick and at the poor...No more...'
The track is both a catalogue of McVey's 'crimes' as a former Tory Employment Minister, and a call to arms for activists, or 'She'll finish what she's started/Now her foot's back in the door...'
"Yes, it is hard hitting, especially the second verse, but it's not far off the truth" says Dominic "That's what it seems to people and it's how people have been treated in the system. The number of people who have been declared fit and then died in a matter of days; it's like, 'Hello'...But you don't choose to live in poverty, circumstances dictate that, and it's wrong that we demonise them. It's easier to go after the ones who can't help themselves.
"I'm very passionate about things like the NHS and the way the DWP do these kind of things because I've seen what it does to people, and it's wrong" he adds "What price do you put on a life?"
Fifty year old Dominic, who's currently studying for a degree in English Language and Creative Writing at Salford University, has had his ups and downs in life and writes from experience. He reveals that he's not a prolific songwriter, the last track he wrote being a prize-winning song about loan sharks four years ago. But this one burnt its way out of his gut in half an hour...
"I got a text off a friend asking if I would be interested in writing a song for the campaign and it's something I passionately believe in, the rights of people" he explains "I read up a bit more about her and the song kind of wrote itself. If you're passionate it comes easy, and there was so much material to work with..."
So, we take it that Dominic doesn't like Esther McVey? "I'm not keen" he understates "The policies and the nature of the Conservative Party is very us and them."
And does he think that Esther will love the song? "I've been told it's got quite a catchy melody but I don't think she'd think much of the lyrics! But it's a political protest song that's not glossing over anything..."
To see the video featuring reasons to Sack Esther McVey and hear No More (Sack Esther Now) – click here
See also Salford Star article: Salford MP Rebecca Long-Bailey 'Horrified' By Death of Claimant Passed 'Fit For Work' By DWP - click here