"Tony Blair Has A Messiah Complex" - Spiegel Online, 18th November 2004
Punk and left slogans: the early nineties called the Manic Street Preachers' Generation Terrorists ". Today, the rebellion of the successful band from Wales has given an anthemic political pop. Saenger James Dean Bradfield, 35, spoke about with SPIEGEL ONLINE old and new ideals and criticism of Tony Blair.
SPIEGEL: Mr. Bradfield, the Manic Street Preachers were since its founding 1991, a band that has been left fighting spirit and rebellion against the political situation in England up the cause. Against what you sought to, when you were young? Bradfield: Against false laws. We fought as for the right to freedom of assembly in order to express a concern even under extreme circumstances. I'm talking about the Bergar-beiterstreiks in Great Britain in 1984. At that time forbade a law the workers to oppose at the gates the strikebreakers. Freedom of assembly was circumcised. SPIEGEL ONLINE: What do you think for a wrong law be felt by others to be correct. Bradfield: There is always the other side, that's right. A good example: Recently there was in London protests against the ban on fox hunting. I personally do not understand, see what people from with red coats and bagpipes to run an animal behind. Theoretically pursue these people but the same goal as we did. You want to tilt a law because they feel disenfranchised. SPIEGEL ONLINE: the ruling Labour party has made the fox hunting ban even more enemies? Bradfield: Well, proponents claim that democracy is misguided here. Of course not. The manifest of the Labour Party was that they will ban fox hunting. But also in the Midlands Labour was elected. If people have to choose an party, they must previously read their program. annoys me when people pick only small examples and explain them how false democracy works nowadays. She works At most wrong because nowadays only go to the polls 60 percent. SPIEGEL: What can you do about it? Bradfield: One should make Choose for all mandatory. But then it would be unfortunately not democratically-table. Me disturbs the hypocrisy of many people: you do not vote, and then blame the government for their work not to do. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Does your country a new electoral system? Bradfield: No, I think to the majority vote. It worked for the toies - and now it is working for us. SPIEGEL ONLINE: With us you think the Labour Party? Bradfield: I should not say that, right? The next time I hand select the Liberal Democrats. Promised. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Are you against Tony Blair? Bradfield: I am him opposite skeptical, but think Gordon Brown would be a Phantas-matic Prime Minister. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Why him? Bradfield: He thinks about a lot of problems after thorough. Brown is a man of contrasts: A-erseits he comes from a Scottish socialist family, on the other hand he loves America. It originates from tra-ditional conditions and adapts to modern topics. He is an intellectual. To him I can look up to. We need men who do their job better than anyone could own. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Blair is no longer the right man? Bradfield: No, he has a Messiah complex. SPIEGEL ONLINE: What? Bradfield: He held a few years ago a speech at the Labour Party conference, in which he said literalness, he would hunger, drought and AIDS exterminate. At that moment I knew it is over. But I still think that Blair has done many things that no one in London more of those talks. SPIEGEL: For example? Bradfield: Decentralisation. Think of Parliament in Scotland. That's fantastic. In Wales, we are also well on the way. In Northern Ireland, he has worked for the continuity of Friedenspro-process. He is not afraid to make concessions. SPIEGEL ONLINE: So it would be wrong to judge him only on the decision for the Iraq war? Bradfield: It is wrong to measure his entire reign it. Let's talk about one of the unglamouroesesten themes: the economy. With Blair, we have a long-lasting recovery. The economy is stable as never before. The alternation of boom and decline does not exist currently. I do not believe in capitalism, but it works. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Do you have mixed feelings, when you think of capitalism? Bradfield: Yes. One of the fundamental principles of the Socialists was the self-management of our Res-sources and Mineral resources - coal, oil, water. I find it wrong that they now a conglomerate of Canada or myself belong Germany. They belong to us. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Is there good sides of capitalism? Bradfield: The Luecke between layers has become smaller. I myself come from the Arbeiterk-let. When I was young, you fought financially about having a car. We did not know if you could pay the phone bill. Today it fights it, to entertain two cars, you drive on vacation, everyone has a mobile phone. People can the working class belong, but at the same time have a lot of money. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Do you belong as well-paid pop star nor the working class? Bradfield: No more, no. to assert That would be insane of me. Nevertheless, I advocating about a higher taxation. If money changes the roots, you have to return to give. But believe me: This is an unpopular requirement that can not find a large consensus. Interview by Ulf Lippitz