Alistair Carmichael to release charity single
Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael has today announced his intention to release a charity single in order to earn back the respect of his constituents after a judge ruled that he lied during the last General Election campaign. The shock announcement comes just days after he received a controversial £50,000 grant from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust in order to fund part of his legal fees.
The release, which the former Scottish Secretary has claimed is a one off, features other senior Lib Dems who are determined to help their ally rebound from what they feel was a politically motivated attack. The act, they have called, The Young Pretenders, features Ming Campbell on base, Nick Clegg on lead guitar and Tim Farron on drums. Although Willie Rennie, who was booked to do backing vocals, has reportedly withdrawn after complaining that the lyrics were too difficult to read.
The single which is to be released on Monday, is a cover version of the Charles and Eddie classic, “Would I Lie To You”.
In an exclusive interview with the NME, Carmichael advised:
After a hard day at Westminster, I like to wind down by listening to the music of Charles and Eddie. I think, like me, they are misunderstood. You know, they seem a bit shallow on the outside but in reality they are passionate and profound. And its hard to think of those guys without also thinking Charles Edward Stuart. So I thought, The Young Pretenders would be a great name for a band as my recent set backs have made me realise that I share much with the Jacobite hero. I too hope to be remembered as an essentially good, if flawed and somewhat misunderstood, Scottish hero.
The recording will also feature as its B-side a duet featuring Carmichael and the French Ambassador. In a show of solidarity between the two nations they have recorded what has been described as a heart wrenching cover of Edith Piaf’s, “Non, je ne regrette rien”. Both strenuously deny rumours of a fraught recording session caused by furious arguments over the actual words Piaf sung in the original record.
All proceeds from the sale of the single will go directly to the Support Alistair Carmichael Campaign.
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