Paul Weller has questioned David Cameron’s claim that he is a fan of The Jam’s classic song ‘Eton Rifles’.
British Prime Minister 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 declared: “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?”
Weller has taken issue with Cameron’s support before, previously telling the New Statesman: “It wasn’t intended as a fucking jolly drinking song for the cadet corp.” He is not the first musician to express displeasure at public backing from the Conservative leader – in 2010, ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr reacted angrily to claims from Cameron that he was a fan of the Manchester group and tweeted “David Cameron, stop saying that you like The Smiths, no you don’t. I forbid you to like it.”
Weller will release his new album, ‘Saturn’s Pattern’, on May 7. The LP will be his 12th album and the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Sonik Kicks’. Musicians on the record include Steve Cradock, Andy Crofts, Ben Gordelier, Steve Pilgrim, Syd Arthur and The Strypes’ Josh McClorey. Listen to the title track below.