Tom Watson: ‘I’m still cringing at the thought of Gordon Brown listening to Arctic Monkeys’

Labour MP writes in this week's NME that more MPs should reach out to the music world

Labour MP Tom Watson has said he is “still cringing” at the thought of former UK prime minister Gordon Brown listening to Arctic Monkeys.

Watson recently resigned from his position as the Labour Party’s general election co-ordinator. In a letter to the party’s leader Ed Miliband, he advised the Labour Party leader to check out Castleton sibling duo Drenge.

Writing in this week’s NME, which is newsstands from tomorrow (August 1) or available digitally, Watson says that more politicians should be reaching out to musicians.

He writes: “I believe politicians need to reach out to young people and music makers. Some MPs still go to gigs. Should more of them go to see live music performances? Probably, but only if they’re fans of music already. Because the essence of the relationship between music and its fans is honesty – it can’t be forced or faked… We all squirmed when David Cameron tried to pose as a Radiohead fan. It just doesn’t wash. Don’t even go there with The Jam and The Smiths. I’m still cringing at the thought of my old boss Gordon Brown listening to Arctic Monkeys on his iPod.”

He adds: “The greatest musicians, songwriters and leaders can communicate in a way that the press release factory of modern politics has failed to do. Music does not alienate with jargon, but instead brings the world together. Good music, like good politics, responds to real people and real emotions, and is never afraid of being honest.”

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