Watch Damon Albarn talk Brexit and UK election: ‘The young are being dictated to by the old’

Blur and Gorillaz man says 'Conservative middle England voters' were responsible for the EU referendum result

Damon Albarn has discussed Brexit and the upcoming UK general election in a new interview.

Albarn – whose band Gorillaz released their new album ‘Humanz’ last week – spoke to Channel 4 about old Tory voters and Britain’s “isolationism”. Scroll below to watch the full clip.

“We’re going down a route that doesn’t really listen to the voices of the young and it seems to be dictated by the more comfortable, older, English voter, Conservative voter essentially,” Albarn said in an interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy. “I’m not talking about the person who’d voted Labour. I’m talking about your classic, Conservative middle England voter, and they’re the difference between 48 [% that voted to remain] and 52 [% that voted to leave], to my mind. And I just don’t understand why the country is allowing that nostalgic, somewhat distant idea about what this country should be dictate to the rest of us who feel very strongly that, you know, there are huge problems that need to be addressed.”


Damon continued: “My daughter’s nearly 18 but she can’t vote in this election. She’s hugely frustrated by that and I’m sure she represents a huge amount of people who just don’t feel like they can change anything now. And this is a point when we need to change stuff. We need to keep talking.”

“I’m not trying to kind of, sorry, belittle the importance of people in middle [England], that specific king of person, who’s comfortable, doesn’t have necessarily a lot of financial problems anymore. You know, they’ve worked hard all their life, but they’re nostalgic. They want to go back. They don’t want to go forward. We need politics that moves, politicians that look forward and not nostalgic. Isolationism, to my mind, is going back. We need to go forward, we need to keep our minds open.”

Watch the full interview clip beneath:

Albarn: 'The young are being dictated to by the old'

“Your classic, Conservative middle England voter – they’re the difference between 48 and 52.”Damon Albarn of Gorillaz argues that Britain’s current “isolationism” does not “listen to the voices of the young”.

Posted by Channel 4 News on Friday, May 5, 2017

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