Paul Weller on the general election: ‘I’d be more inclined to vote for Russell Brand’

The Modfather won't be voting this year

As the British public go to the polls to vote in today’s (May 7) general election, Paul Weller has offered a scathing assessment of the country’s politicians.

In an interview with Shotlist, Weller voiced his disillusionment with modern politics, calling the recently televised debate “laughable” and revealing he wouldn’t be voting this year.

“I can’t be fucked with it, really – and I’m not voting, either,” he said. “Definitely not. I wouldn’t know who to vote for, ’cos I can’t stand any of them. I watched the debate a few weeks ago, and it was just laughable. How people can’t see through those politicians is beyond me.

“I was watching some of the election stuff yesterday, and I can’t get over how transparent it all is. Watching Ed Balls at a nursery, or fucking George Osborne at a building site – it’s like, for fuck’s sake, it’s 2015, and they’re still doing this bullshit: kissing babies’ heads and all that. Even doing a tactical vote against the Tories, which I would normally do, I can’t find it in myself to know who to vote for.”

Weller did, however, throw his support behind comedian and activist Russell Brand, who currently hosts political-comedy web series, The Trews. “A lot of things that Russell Brand says, I think, are pretty spot on,” said Weller. “I’d be more inclined to vote for him, really. He’s kind of doing what the bands were doing back in the Eighties, I guess. At least some form of dissent, anyway.”

The Modfather last month questioned Prime Minister David Cameron’s claim that he is a fan of The Jam’s song ‘Eton Rifles’. Cameron, who was a student at the prestigious Eton College, has previously insisted that he has great affection for The Jam’s 1979 track. “I was one, in the corps. It meant a lot, some of those early Jam albums we used to listen to,” he has said in the past. “I don’t see why the left should be the only ones allowed to listen to protest songs.”

Speaking to Mojo about Cameron’s fandom, Weller said: “The whole thing with Cameron saying it was one of his favourite songs… I just think, ‘Which bit didn’t you get?'” People say, ‘Why don’t you write any more political songs?’ But I would just write exactly the same fucking things I wrote thirty-odd years ago.”

He added: “Every time they fire a missile in the Middle East, that’s £850,000, right? And then they talk about the NHS, fucking selling it off or it crumbling. So nothing’s really changed, has it?”