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'Conventional wisdom has gone completely up the spout'

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Frank Turner has spoken out in the wake of the shock victory of Donald Trump in the Presidential election – calling for ‘dialogue’ and ‘understanding’ to save the world from reverting to the politics of the 1930s.

Earlier this week, the music world at large reacted in shock and horror to Trump defeating Hillary Clinton in the US election. Now, Turner has told NME that as disgusted he is with the result, left and right should work together towards an understanding rather than further sow the seeds of division – preventing more unrest, violence and racism as was seen during the rise of the Nazis.

“It’s quite a year we’re having,” Turner told NME. “I mean I think one of the main takeaways is that whatever conventional wisdom was, seems to have gone completely up the spout. Who knows what’s happening or what’s going to happen?”

He continued: “It’s sort of tedious to constantly refer to the 1930s but here I go. You know the thing that happened in the 1930s in Europe was the desertion of the centre ground, the sort of division of society into two completely different irreconcilable camps, and if you do that for long enough someone picks up weapons and you have a civil strike or a civil war or whatever. That strikes me as a bad thing and something worth avoiding!”

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“Within that context it seems to me the best thing that one could try to do at this time is to be aggressively centre-ous and to try reach out and understand other people and understand them on their own terms. It’s really hard to do particularly when you’re talking about victoriously aggressively racist people you know who I don’t wish to particularly wish to have any association with.”

Turner added: “And the alternatives are solidifying two completely different opposed camps or to have some sort of dialogue – I would always take the dialogue myself.”

Next week sees Frank Turner join the likes of Maximo Park, Gaz Coombes, Travis’ Fran Healy and more in playing a tribute show for Nick Alexander – who tragically lost his life in the Paris terror attacks at the Bataclan last year. A Peaceful Noise takes place at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on Tuesday 15 November. Tickets are available here.

Meanwhile, Frank Turner’s other upcoming UK tour dates are below.

Dublin, Olympia (November 16)
Salisbury, City Hall (18)
Liverpool, O2 Academy (21)
Carlisle, Sands Centre (22)

Doncaster, Doncaster Dome (23)
Coventry, Empire (25)
Cardiff, University Great Hall (26)
Oxford, New Theatre (27)
Exeter, Great Hall (28)
Reading, Hexagon (30)
Leeds, University Refectory (December 1)
Aberdeen, Garage (2)
Edinburgh, Usher Hall (3)
Scunthorpe, Baths Hall (5)
Warrington, Parr Hall (6)
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumbria University (7)
Nottingham, Rock City (9)
Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion (10)
Norwich, Uea (11)
Guilford, G Live (12)
Portsmouth, Guildhall (14)