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"Tony Blair Has A Messiah Complex" - Spiegel Online, 18th November 2004

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Title: "Tony Blair Has A Messiah Complex"
Publication: Spiegel Online
Date: Thursday 18th November 2004
Writer: Ulf Lippitz

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. Singer James Dean Bradfield, 35, spoke about with Spiegel Online old and new ideals and criticism of Tony Blair.

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?
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.

What do you think for a wrong law be felt by others to be correct.
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.

The ruling Labour party has made the fox hunting ban even more enemies?
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.

What can you do about it?
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.

Does your country a new electoral system?
No, I think to the majority vote. It worked for the tories - and now it is working for us.

With us you think the Labour Party?
I should not say that, right? The next time I hand select the Liberal Democrats. Promised.

Are you against Tony Blair?
I am him opposite skeptical, but think Gordon Brown would be a fantastic Prime Minister.

Why him?
He thinks about a lot of problems after thorough. Brown is a man of contrasts: he comes from a Scottish socialist family, on the other hand he loves America. It originates from traditional 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.

Blair is no longer the right man?
No, he has a Messiah complex.

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.

For example?
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 the peace-process. He is not afraid to make concessions.

So it would be wrong to judge him only on the decision for the Iraq war?
It is wrong to measure his entire reign it. Let's talk about one of the unglamours 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.

Do you have mixed feelings, when you think of capitalism?
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.

Is there good sides of capitalism?
The difference between layers has become smaller. 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.

Do you belong as well-paid pop star nor the working class?
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.