Blur’s Dave Rowntree has shared his thoughts on Labor leader Keir Starmer in a new interview with NME.
The Britpop veteran participated in the latest edition of the NME series Does Rock N’ Roll Kill Braincells? when asked to recall key moments in his career, including his work in politics.
As well as his role as drummer for Blur, Rowntree has built a successful political career for much of the 21st century, even being elected as a Labor councilor for Norfolk in 2017.
Now, after his time in office, which ends in 2021, the musician has revealed what he thinks about current Labor leader Keir Starmer.
“Well, the proof is in the General Election,” he began, talking about how well he thinks the figurehead is doing with the public. “If he wins the General Election, he will be widely regarded as the most visionary Labor leader today and will join the very small number of Labor leaders who have gone on to become prime minister.”
“If you lose, you will be seen as an idiot who wrecked the Labor Party and got nowhere,” he said. “This is how politics works, it doesn’t matter how you’re doing at the moment. The point of being leader of the Labor Party is to win the general election. You do it. or you don’t.”
This is not the first time Rowntree has discussed politics with the NME. Last year he also shared his overview of the current political climate following the release of his first solo single “London Bridge”.
In his view, the rulers are less responsible than ever and British citizens seem to agree with the government’s fundamental problems.
“I don’t remember a time when there was such a lack of responsibility on the part of politicians,” he said. “All these individual issues would have ended the career of almost any other Prime Minister in history. That is the advantage and the danger of large majorities: Parliament is the final arbiter of behavior of a Prime Minister, and if it is the Prime Minister. Parliament controls, so the Prime Minister does not need to be accountable, except every five years when there are elections.”
And he continued: “Since I started taking an interest in politics, I can’t think of a time when public opinion has had such a lack of responsibility and interest. Everyone is shrugging their shoulders and saying: ‘Well, That’s how it is! We knew he would be crazy when we voted for him”, and voila! A fucking rain! Everything is included.”
In other Blur news, Damon Albarn and company will release their next album, ‘The Ballad Of Darren’, on Friday 21st July. This is his first full-length since 2015’s “The Magic Whip.”
Earlier this month, the band played back-to-back shows at London’s Wembley Stadium. The massive concerts earned a five-star review from NME, who praised the members for their ability to excite their audience with a mix of new tracks and fan favourites.
“Tonight, Albarn continues to be a great front man, making relentless comments and climbing through the crowd while still allowing each of his teammates their own moment in the spotlight,” it read.
Coxon’s guitar skills are as masterful as ever, his voice unchanged since 1999 when he sang the fan favorite “Coffee and Television”; James is confident as he plays the iconic bass line from “Girls & Boys.” Rowntree, for his part, scored a great solo on “Trimm Trabb.”
“However, with many years of content under their belts, Blurry keep us guessing which era we will jump to now.”