Radiohead star invited to Downing Street

Thom Yorke doesn't know whether to go

Thom Yorke has been asked if he’s willing to meet Tony Blair to talk about climate change.

In May, the Radiohead singer made a visit to Parliament on behalf of Friends Of The Earth to campaign on climate change issues.

The singer was calling for thousands of people across the country to back The Big Ask, a campaign backed by Friends Of The Earth, to make the government responsible for reducing the UK impact on global warming.

Writing to fans online, Yorke said the charity have asked him to get involved, again, and if he’d be willing to meet the Prime Minister.

He said: “Friends Of The Earth’ have asked me whether I would meet Tony Blair at Downing Street to discuss what our government is not doing about climate change. I don’t know if this will ever happen for certain. It is rattling around in the back of my mind and concerns me a lot. I have no intention of being used by spider spin doctors to make it look like we make progress when it is just words.

“I’d love to know what you think but I can’t ask. You’d say ‘Oh there he goes again interfering and meddling in politics. Why doesnt he get on with the music and shut up? Perhaps because I feel like a hypocrite if don’t do anything, and equally feel like a hypocrite if I try getting involved.

Blair has been uttering nonsense lately about Kyoto and such, real la la stuff… looks like the American right have finally eaten his mind. Why on earth would I meet this man? Or perhaps that is exactly why I should. But i dont have powers of persuasion, i just have temper and an acid tongue.”

Radohead are also working on a new album, set for release next year. Two new song titles have emerged, ‘Pay Day’, which features “gentle fingerpicking over furious beat(s)” and ’Burn The Witch’, which has “lots of orchestration”.

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