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The song, which was performed by Garland in the role of Dorothy in 1939 film The Wizard Of Oz, has been leaping up the charts since the former PM died on Monday, and is poised to enter the top five on Sunday. However new director general Lord Hall – while calling the song’s new-found success ‘rather tasteless’, has said that it is not up to him whether or not the song is played. The final decision on whether or not to feature the track on Sunday’s show will reportedly rest with Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper – with some suggestion that the song will be accompanied by an explanation of why it is in the charts if it is played. However some have voiced surprise that the BBC are even considering broadcasting the track, with former Conservative party treasurer Lord McAlpine among those voicing objection. ‘In the past, the corporation has always been careful about matters of taste on important occasions,’ he said. ‘They are letting the charts be hijacked for political purposes. I’m absolutely astounded that they are even considering playing it. It’s another example of how out of control the BBC is.’ Meanwhile Sir Gerald Howarth MP said that Lord Hall was facing a ‘serious test’ and that the BBC had ‘a duty to show good taste and decency’.