Manic Street Preachers on Russell Brand: 'Voting Should Be Compulsory'

artist: Manic Street Preachers date: 07/24/2014 category: music news

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Manic Street Preachers on Russell Brand: 'Voting Should Be Compulsory'
Manic Street Preachers' bassist Nicky Wire has slammed Russell Brand's attempts to urge the British public not to vote.

Wire, one of the most politically outspoken figures in music, was speaking to NME (via Gigwise) where he revealed that he was a fan's of Brand's personality and comedy, but not his politics.

"There's a bit of me that just loves people being d-ckheads and being absolutely contrary," said Wire. "But then I spent most of my life thinking that democracy is one of the greatest things about living in this country. So there's the ying and the yang of the great Situationist spectacle, and reality."

He continued: "I think reality won in the end. I think voting should be compulsory under law, anyway. The bottom line was he didn't seem to have any policy apart from 'drug rehabilitation for all!'"

Wire also discussed the rise of UKIP in Britain claiming that their success stems from the failings of the coalition government: "When you strip it down, they're not anti-establishment.

"They've just found themselves to be an alternative to the eternal status quo of the three main political parties. In my dreams I'd like to think an extreme-left wing political party fronted by me could do similar, but they just f--king got in there!"
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