John Lydon says Ukip are “creating confusion among voters” in the UK.
The former Sex Pistols and current PiL frontman delivered a state-of-the-nation ‘King’s Speech’ in the Christmas issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally. In it, he touched on the rise of right-wing party Ukip and the impact on British politics.
Lydon said: “I don’t think Ukip are dangerous, but their message is deliberately jumbled, and therefore creating confusion. You don’t know what you’ll get if that lot get in. They’re just as power-hungry as the rest of them.”
Addressing one of Ukip’s primary concerns, Lydon said: “Their talk about immigration is subdued racism, and that’s unfortunate because it’s an important issue. Immigration: is there a cap on it or isn’t there? Is it really a free-for-all? What is the NHS and is it strictly for the citizens of said country? People are confused, and they get drawn into headline-mongering. It really bloody annoys me.”
Ukip made a bid for musical success in 2014 with the controversial ‘UKIP Calypso’, which made Number 44 in the charts in October. Performed – in a mock Caribbean accent – by former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read, the track’s lyrics criticise UK government and society, with lyrics including: “The leaders committed a cardinal sin/Open the borders let them all in/ Illegal immigrants in every town/Stand up and be counted Blair and Brown.”
Lydon published his second autobiography, Anger Is An Energy, this year. He told a recent book tour audience the message of the tome is “self pity is for arseholes”.