John Lydon: ‘Ukip’s talk about immigration is subdued racism’

Former Sex Pistol warns: "You don't know what you'll get if that lot get in"

John Lydon says Ukip are “creating confusion among voters” in the UK.

The former Sex Pistols and current PiL frontman delivered a state-of-the-nation ‘King’s Speech’ in the Christmas issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally. In it, he touched on the rise of right-wing party Ukip and the impact on British politics.

Lydon said: “I don’t think Ukip are dangerous, but their message is deliberately jumbled, and therefore creating confusion. You don’t know what you’ll get if that lot get in. They’re just as power-hungry as the rest of them.”

Addressing one of Ukip’s primary concerns, Lydon said: “Their talk about immigration is subdued racism, and that’s unfortunate because it’s an important issue. Immigration: is there a cap on it or isn’t there? Is it really a free-for-all? What is the NHS and is it strictly for the citizens of said country? People are confused, and they get drawn into headline-mongering. It really bloody annoys me.”

Ukip made a bid for musical success in 2014 with the controversial ‘UKIP Calypso’, which made Number 44 in the charts in October. Performed – in a mock Caribbean accent – by former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read, the track’s lyrics criticise UK government and society, with lyrics including: “The leaders committed a cardinal sin/Open the borders let them all in/ Illegal immigrants in every town/Stand up and be counted Blair and Brown.”

Lydon published his second autobiography, Anger Is An Energy, this year. He told a recent book tour audience the message of the tome is “self pity is for arseholes”.