Brian May says he’s ‘not anti-Tory but anti-David Cameron’

The Queen guitarist claims that the Conservatives leader represents 'a return to the old barbaric ways'

Queen guitarist Brian May has spoken about his political views in a new interview.

May, who recently backed Green Party MP Caroline Lucas for re-election, while also urging people to vote “colourblind” at the General Election, claimed to not be anti-Tory, instead describing himself as “very anti-David Cameron”.

May is a staunch animal rights campaigner, having protested against the badger cull, as well as the Tories’ attempts to bring back fox hunting.


In this week’s Big Issue, guest edited by Owen Jones, May is quoted as saying, “I might sound anti-Tory but I would say I’m very anti-David Cameron. He stands for privilege, for the continuation and acceleration in the difference between the extremely rich and extremely poor. I find that iniquitous and almost beyond belief.”

May added: “I regard it as one of [my] briefs to make sure that people know that that is what David Cameron stands for, what William Hague stands for, what George Osborne stands for; a return to the old barbaric ways. People who are prepared to ride roughshod over animals are also prepared to ride roughshod over humans. They shouldn’t be the people running our country

“If the outcome is another David Cameron-led government then we’re back in the saltmines. Like many people, anything but that would be good.”.

The musician, however, did add that some Conservative politicians have gained his approval, “Most of the animal [rights] people are quite shocked that I should consider supporting someone such as [Tory candidates] Henry Smith or Tracey Crouch, but these people are staunch animal advocates and that’s where [May’s new political campaign] Common Decency is coming from. And generally you find that people who have compassion towards animals have compassion towards human beings as well.”

Elsewhere in the interview, May reveals that he would accept a peerage from the House of Lords but would “rule out” ever running for MP.

May recently encouraged voters to support “the people, not the party”, speaking out against the “corrupt” and “broken” political system in Britain alongside the Green Party’s Brighton Pavilion candidate Caroline Lucas in Brighton earlier this month (April 13). May said: “It’s politics without colour. It’s colour-blind politics. What we are saying is do not assume that your vote will be wasted, get up off your ass and vote.”


“I think this is a very crucial election,” May continued. “I think it’s different to anyone that’s been before because for the first time the internet is all-powerful. It’s much harder for politicians to get away with the deceits that they used to get away with.”