UK Politics

Mixing pop and politics

What is it with pop and politics? There seems to be some irresistible attraction, similar to lemmings and cliffs, and with few exceptions it proves disastrous every time (did some one say Red…).

Tony Blair has been getting it in the arm ever since his link up with Brit pop and Oasis back in those heady days of 1997.

Dave Cameron – not content with trying to be all blokey and listing his top indie bands (BTW, Dave? Do you see yourself as “This charming man?) – is now taking pot shots at hip hop and BBC Radio 1.

Addressing magazine editors, he’s been wheeling out tired old clichés about rap and accusing Radio 1 of encouraging knife and gun crime. Oh boy.

“I would say to Radio 1, do you realise that some of the stuff you play on Saturday nights encourages people to carry guns and knives?”

Dave said that his remarks were an example of him having “the courage to speak up when you see something that is wrong” despite the fact that “you will get a lot of bricks thrown at you”.