Opinion: Christmas 2016 there will be at least three "leftie" charity singles available in the UK. If you can afford to, download all three, but if you cannot "think outside of the box" as they say.
The late Jo Cox "You can't always get what you want, but you can try."
Young mother of two Jo Cox MP for Batley and Spen was murdered in June, 2016. Her alleged killer is currently on trial. Her husband Brendan and the couple's two children are facing their first Christmas without Jo. No matter how much support they have it will be and is tough for all of her family.
Sadly the song choice, while pertinent to Jo, was used by Donald J Trump and his team as they celebrated their 2016 Presidential win.
With people like KT Tunstall, David Gray and Suzi Quatro joining a parliamentary choir it should be a huge success. It is also being pushed by the mainstream media. The Guardian reports:
The late MP’s former colleagues Kevin Brennan, Sir Greg Knight, Pete Wishart and Ian Cawsey, already members of the cross-party parliamentary band MP4, are to be joined in the studio by the Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson, KT Tunstall, David Gray, Suzi Quatro and Cockney Rebel’s frontman Steve Harley, to sing alongside the Parliament Choir and the Royal Opera House with the Thurrock Community Choir in a new version of the Rolling Stones classic track You Can’t Always Get What You Want from the band’s 1969 album Let It Bleed.
A big affair then with proceeds going to a worthy foundation but there will be smaller, less publicised charity singles out there with money raised going directly to those in need.
AND THEY NEED YOUR SUPPORT
Merry Christmas from Hatfield Main
Joe Solo an award-winning musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough leads a group of ordinary people, including former miners, as they release a unique single with money raised used to directly alleviate poverty.
Take a look at Joe Solo's promotion as their journey to release a single and raise money began in late October:
Sunday October 30th sees the recording session for my Christmas song, a collaboration between The UK Miner’s Pension Scheme for Justice & Fair Play Association and We Shall Overcome. My part is already recorded, but on Sunday the Hatfield Brigade and former Miners and comrades from up and down the country are gathering to form a chorus line like no other. It will be messy, but it will be one hell of a lot of fun.
That highlights a huge difference between both singles already.
I know which one I want to download and support.
The crowd will run with the Jo Cox single and nothing wrong with that.
£1,904,590 has already been raised following Jo's murder:
Following the generosity of almost 45,000 people in the days and weeks after Jo’s murder, £1.5 million has been divided between 3 organisations which were close to her heart: The Royal Voluntary Service, Hope Not Hate and The White Helmets. Each of these organisations is investing the money to further Jo's work in Batley and Spen, across the UK and in Syria respectively. We will keep you posted on the progress of this vital work.
That's great news and with mainstream media promotion the charity single in her name will swell funds.
Again it is an ordinary production by fairly ordinary folk with money raised going to the Trussell Trust the organisation that runs food banks in the UK.
Food banks in the UK are a fact of life for many people.
In the 21st Century in an allegedly wealthy western country like the UK food banks should not be necessary but in Tory Britain they are.
So there you have it.
Three excellent Christmas charity singles all worth a place in our national single's chart.
Imagine all three in the mix and grabbing the top three spots?
That would mean a huge amount of money raised for good causes.
Surely that would be a great Christmas present for us all?