“While it never amounted to much more than a rhetorical position in drink-fuelled discussions, thinking of myself as an anarchist absolved me from voting in the 1979 UK general election, my argument being that there was no real discernible difference between Labour and the Tories.
Events quickly exposed my naivety. By the 1983 election, I recognised that the Tories under Margaret Thatcher were different to Labour, threatening the things that I took for granted such as the welfare state, peace in Europe, our diverse society. Yet my debut album, released that year, expressed politics that were mostly personal. It took the miners’ strike to open my eyes. After a year of playing benefit gigs in mining communities up and down the country, witnessing class war at first hand, I began writing songs that spoke in the ideological language of the left. In interviews, I identified myself as a socialist.”
- Mr Billy Bragg in this article.
Never a huge fan of Frank but worrying to see this pattern returning. It seems we are quick to forget our lessons… I hope we do not see further slipping into Reaganite politics. Important for Turner fans to look into this though.