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Ex-MP Oona turns to pop with genocide message

PUBLISHED: 14:41 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:18 05 October 2010

FORMER East End Labour MP and current Downing Street adviser Oona King could be set for pop stardom. She is releasing a record about genocide. Oona is following in the steps of George Galloway, the man who deposed her at Bethnal Green & Bow in the 2005 General Election, by recording a track with a political message.

EXCLUSIVE by Ted Jeory

FORMER Labour MP and current Downing Street adviser Oona King could be set for pop stardom — by releasing a record about genocide.

Oona is following in the steps of George Galloway, the man who deposed her at Bethnal Green and Bow in the 2005 General Election, by recording a track with a political message.

She has teamed up with soul artist JDaCosta for a song called Genocide.

The record is still in the production stage, but an anonymous tipster dropped off a CD copy at the offices of the East London Advertiser in Bethnal Green on Tuesday (May 20).

Hip hop fan Oona, who called her memoirs House Music, opens the track by talking about “gross atrocities.”

The former supporter of the Iraq War is heard saying: “Mr Speaker, Mr Speaker. I’m initiating this debate on the International Criminal Court, which represents nothing less than Mankind’s efforts to outlaw gross atrocities, crimes against humanity.”

As Oona’s voice fades out, JDaCosta starts singing: “I’m not a politician, nor neither a magician, but I’ve come to the conclusion, there’s only one solution, to walk so far away from this public disarray of disillusion. You’re nothing but confusion.”

Two minutes later, Oona restarts her speech, saying to music: “The Nuremberg Tribunal tried war criminals, crimes against peace and crimes against humanity. “The Genocide Convention in 1948 defined genocide as an attempt to destroy, in the whole or in the part, a national, ethnic or religious group.

“The Genocide Convention gave a name to what Churchill described in this chamber of the House of Commons as a crime with no name. Despite the large body of existing humanitarian law, we’ve seen continued genocide.”

Ms King, who was this week being touted for a high profile role as Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s political adviser, told the East London Advertiser that JDaCosta was a friend and former constituent.

“She asked me for some help in a song she was singing and I agreed to read out the text of an old Parliamentary debate on genocide. I hope she’s really successful.

“But as for any chance of me going into the music business, I would not want to inflict that torture on the nation.”

However, JDaCosta’s manager Henry Ellis said Oona’s musical ability was “amazing.”

He added: “She was a natural. She’s known JDaCosta for years and when the opportunity came up for them to work together, she just took it. She did the recording in one day.”

The record, produced by Asian rapper The Jackal, would soon go on promotional release to test reaction, he revealed.

If it goes well, it will be given a general commercial release with some proceeds possibly going to charity.

“After that, the two of them might work together again, who knows,” Mr Ellis added.

MP George Galloway reached Number 6 in the charts in February last year with a spoof cover of Edwin Starr’s War.


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