The Fall’s Mark E Smith: ‘I agree with Colonel Gaddafi about the riots’

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Singer says this summer's disturbances were "quite biblical'

The Fall‘s Mark E Smith has spoken about this summer’s riots and bizarrely revealed that he agreed with former Libya dictator Colonel Gaddafi about their cause.

The Fall released ‘Ersatz G.B’, their 29th studio LP earlier this month and Smith admitted that a dissatisfaction with modern life had part inspired some of the album’s lyrics.

Speaking to BBC 6Music, Smith hit out at the rioters, saying that they were “protesting about what they don’t really know anything about”.

Asked about the riots, Smith replied: “I agree with Colonel Gaddafi. Too much laptops, too much Nescafe, that is what he said you know. It’s quite biblical actually, it was predicted in the bible”.

Pressed further for his thoughts about the disturbances, he described them as “people are just protesting about what they don’t really know anything about. What makes me laugh is that they always seem very well dressed, they don’t seem very ragged.”

The Fall have just completed a full UK tour in support of ‘Ersatz G.B’.