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Blur’s Dave Rowntree shares his ideas on Keir Starmer

Blur’s Dave Rowntree shares his ideas on Keir Starmer


Blur’s Dave Rowntree has shared his opinion of Labour chief Keir Starmer in a brand new interview with NME.

The Britpop veteran was participating within the newest set up of NME’s Does Rock N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! collection when he was requested to recall key moments from all through his profession, together with his work in politics.

Alongside his position because the drummer for Blur, Rowntree has additionally had a profitable profession in politics all through a lot of the twenty first Century – even going so far as to be elected as a Labour Councillor in Norfolk in 2017.

Now, following his time within the position, which got here to an finish in 2021, the musician revealed his ideas on present Labour chief, Keir Starmer.

“Properly, the check is at Common Elections,” he started, discussing how properly he thinks the figurehead is faring with the general public. “If he wins the Common Election, he’ll be broadly touted as probably the most visionary Labour chief of recent occasions and can be part of the extremely small variety of Labour leaders who’ve gone on to turn out to be prime minister.”

“If he loses, he’ll be considered an fool who wrecked the Labour Get together and achieved nothing,” he continued. “That’s how politics works – it’s pointless saying how he’s doing in the meanwhile. The aim of being the chief of the Labour Get together is to win the Common Election. He’s both going to do it or he isn’t.”

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Dave Rowntree. CREDIT: Press

This isn’t the primary time that Rowntree has talked politics with NME. Final 12 months he additionally shared his total perspective of the present political local weather following the discharge of his debut solo single ‘London Bridge’.

Right here, he highlighted how he believes that these in workplace are exhibiting much less accountability than ever earlier than, and claimed that the British public is seemingly superb with the underlying points in authorities.

“I can’t keep in mind a time when politicians have had such a scarcity of accountability,” he stated. “All of those particular person points would have been the top of the profession of just about some other Prime Minister in historical past. That’s each the profit and the hazard of huge majorities – the ultimate arbiter of a Prime Minister’s conduct is Parliament, and if the Prime Minister controls Parliament then the Prime Minister is unaccountable, aside from each 5 years when there’s an election.”

He continued: “I can’t consider a time since I first began being attentive to politics that there’s been such a scarcity of accountability and a scarcity of curiosity in that reality by the general public. Everybody’s simply shrugging their shoulders and going, ‘Oh properly, that’s what he’s like! We knew he’d be a bathe of shit once we voted for him’ – after which voila! A bathe of shit! It’s simply all factored in.”

Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon of Blur carry out at Wembley Stadium on July 08, 2023 in London, England. Credit score: Jim Dyson/Getty Photographs

In different Blur information, Damon Albarn and co. are set to launch their upcoming album, ‘The Ballad Of Darren’ on Friday (July 21). It’s their first full-length LP since 2015’s ‘The Magic Whip’.

The band additionally just lately wrapped their two back-to-back performances at London’s Wembley Stadium earlier this month. The mammoth exhibits earned a five-star assessment from NME, which praised the members for his or her skill to galvanise their viewers with a mixture of new tracks and fan favourites.

“This night, Albarn stays a top-tier frontman, making deadpan remarks and climbing into the viewers whereas nonetheless permitting every of his bandmates their very own second within the highlight,” it learn.

“Coxon’s guitar expertise are as masterful as ever, his voice unchanged since 1999 as he sings fan favorite ‘Espresso and TV’; James’ assured swagger is on full show as he performs the enduring bassline of ‘Women & Boys’. Rowntree, in the meantime, pulls off an outstanding solo in ‘Trimm Trabb’.

“Nonetheless, with a long time of fabric to their identify, Blur preserve us guessing what period we’ll be leaping into subsequent.”



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