July 10, 2013 12:12

Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie: 'There is no underground anymore'

Frontman hits out at lack of dissent being shown to "c**t" politicians by the arts world

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Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie has hit out at the lack of protest from the arts toward the current Tory government, saying there is a class war going on in Britain.

The singer, giving an outspoken interview in this week's NME (available digitally and on newsstands from today), hits out at a "lack of dissent" from the arts world and labels Conservative politicians including David Cameron and Boris Johnson, "the cunts at the top who run the show".

"There's no underground any more", Gillespie said. "There's a lack of dissent in culture, all across the arts and in society as a whole. We're living in extremely right-wing , irrational, intolerant times and we're being governed by an extremist right-wing government. There's no protest from the arts. People don't really see a way that things can change."

Focusing his attention on the government, the Scottish singer continues: "All those guys - bankers, politicians, prime ministers, Boris - they're Thatcher's boys. She gave birth to that ideology of free market capitalism and they're taking full advantage of it. So yeah, I think it is a class war. It's not fashionable to use that term any more but that's what it is. There are distinct classes in the country and the gulf is getting wider. There's just so much greed."

He adds: "The exploited class is always going to be the working class. To me, it's about the rest of society, whether they're middle class, working class or underclass, against the cunts at the top who run the show."

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