Charlotte Church has defended her recent involvement in anti-Conservative protests in Cardiff.
The singer joined a protest against the Tory general election win in her hometown on Saturday (May 9). Having previously written an open letter to David Cameron ahead of the general election in which she labelled him a “dickhead”, Church has now written another piece explaining the political motivation behind her actions.
“On Saturday I was one of 250 citizens who met at the Queen Street statue of Aneurin Bevan in Cardiff, to protest the Tories’ austerity measures,” Church wrote on her blog. “Thankfully, it’s my democratic right to do so.”
“While I was aware that my presence at the rally could attract the media, I’m sure that you’ll be shocked to hear that I didn’t do it for some self-aggrandising purpose,” she continued. “It would be much easier for me not to engage. I’m not promoting a record or a TV show. My only motivation for attending was to try to make a difference; to further political discourse in my community; to draw attention to a cause that is more than valid, it is vital.”
Stating that “democracy doesn’t just end because we’ve had an election” and that “trying to silence the dissenting voice is far more anti-democratic”, Church also hit out at Welsh Conservatives leader Andrew RT Davies, who denounced Church’s protest as “unbecoming”. Church wrote in response, “Perhaps [Davies] thinks I should get back to the ironing and stop babbling on about air-headed notions such as protecting the NHS (a system that he himself has been most mobile in attacking), fighting for a fairer society (a concept that entirely eludes his party), and championing the plight of those in society who are less privileged than me. Perhaps he wants to quiet me because I threaten his status as a wealthy, privately educated, white male.”
Church also replied to critics calling her a “champagne socialist”, adding, “I have to say I’m more of a prosecco girl, myself.”
The singer concluded the article by urging others to join her in activism, “If you feel at all like me, I beg you to get involved. Find out when a rally is happening in your area and turn up. As it happens those who set up these marches are, in my experience, lovely people, who care about their communities; not memorial-desecrating hooligans. If we pull together then we can’t be ignored. We need to be organised, but most of all we need numbers.”
Church recently challenged Katie Hopkins to a charity boxing match after the newspaper columnist instigated a Twitter spat. The Welsh singer branded the right-wing journalist a “parasite” after Hopkins mocked Church’s attendance at the anti-austerity rally in Cardiff following last week’s Conservative election victory.