Badlabecques to Release Referendum Anthem
Jèrriais-singing folk band Badlabecques have recorded a song to help drum up interest in the Jersey Referendum. The band are keen to promote debate and highlight the importance of fairness and democracy in our island.
‘The Option A Anthem’ is in English and Jèrriais, and is a re-working of a song by another Jersey group -Sergeant Pipon's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Kit Ashton, lead singer and founder of Badlabecques, says:
“I don’t think enough people realise what’s a stake here. Democracy is so important if we want to see a better society in Jersey. We want people to engage in rational debate then get out and vote no matter what, and we believe if you care about fairness and equality then Option A is the only one to vote for. It’s the only democratic Option, and it gives Constables the choice of either standing for the States or simply focussing on their Parish work. It’s fair and simple, whereas Option B is deeply unfair and Option C is just the current mess we have at the moment. Option A all the way!”
Christine Vibert, Secretary of The A Team says:
“We are delighted that Badlabecques have released the ‘Anthem for Option A’. All of us in the A Team are big fans of Badlabecques so it’s really great they’re showing their support through music. Let’s just hope everybody listens!”
The band are also keen to stress the cultural element of the debate.
“Whether it’s local music, Jèrriais, or politics, culture must evolve or die. If we want to retain what’s best about our island – our community life and rich heritage – then we shouldn’t be afraid of positive change, but embrace what will help us all move forwards together.”
“The Option A Anthem” will be released at 7pm on Friday, 19th April, as a free download via the band’s website: www.badlabecques.net
They will also perform at the ‘Option A Rally’ in the Royal Square on Saturday 20th April between 12pm and 2pm.