Tom Walker says he wrote his number 10 protest song about Boris Johnson and his government to express the nation’s frustration.

Sharing an exclusive clip of the single, the Scottish singer told Sky News: “[On Wednesday night]seeing politics trending more than Love Island – you know that says something about what’s going on in government right now.

“When a huge TV show that a lot of young people really like is completely de-trended by a government that’s dealing moment by moment as people leave and retire… People have gotten to the point where they feel they have to focus on , which is happening because it’s unprecedented and we’ve never seen anything like it before.”

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Boris Johnson has resigned as leader of the Conservative Party

Calling the political upheaval “terrifyingly entertaining,” Walker acknowledged that releasing such a confident song was a risk: “Honestly, for a famous artist to suddenly become very political out of nowhere, it’s probably a risk. I saw the reaction to my song and read all the comments and realized that people are so, so disappointed.”

Walker wrote the first part of the song in response to conservatives partygate scandal and the resulting vote of confidence a few weeks ago.

He said: “I’m not going to go after the whole Conservative Party and tell people who they should vote for. I’m just saying it’s not acceptable [the government] were constantly at cheese and wine parties, while people could not visit dying family members in the hospital or witness the birth of their first child.”

However, with his finger on the political pulse, Walker returned to the recording studio on Thursday morning to pen a new verse as Tory MPs began to resign en masse and it became clear Mr. Johnson was likely resign from his position.

The BRIT award winner said his song reflects the fact that people are “pissed off” and have “completely lost faith” because they “don’t feel like they’re being listened to”.

He added: “I can see why. A scandal every other week… The government is just in complete disarray. It’s unprecedented to see so many resignations within 48 hours… I just welcome someone new to come in and try to bring a little bit of integrity back into politics and hopefully someone we can trust.”

While Walker’s biggest hit to date was his 2017 song Leave The Light On (which peaked at number 7 in the UK charts), he has been overwhelmed by the response to the song online.

Walker described the reaction as “wild,” with excerpts from his early studio recordings garnering hundreds of thousands of views on TikTok, and the original version of the song (before Mr. Johnson’s resignation) topping the iTunes charts despite not receiving radio play from for its political content.

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Walker caught up with Sky News at Glastonbury 2019

As well as partying at Number 10 during the adjustment, the song also mentions the struggling NHS and the cost of living crisis.

Looking back on the last few years as the nation battled the Covid-19 virus, Walker said: “It’s been such a long and difficult time, musicians and artists haven’t been able to travel or do their jobs for two years. Not to mention the whole crisis in the NHS and what the doctors, nurses and wonderful carers have had to go through.

“Thus, for [the government] be just learned to play several times, including when the queen was present [Prince Philip’s] a funeral and they’re all at 10 Downing Street just partying… I just lost it and started writing this song.’

Walker said a percentage of all proceeds from downloads of his song Number 10 will go to the Trussell Trust, a charity that provides emergency food and support to people in poverty to get off food banks.

https://news.sky.com/story/tom-walker-shares-number-10-protest-song-day-after-boris-johnson-resigns-12647714

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