Now, I like Paul Weller. I think he is one of the finest musicians and songwriters of his generation. As a member of the Jam, as the founder of his Style Council and as a solo artist, he has consistently produced great music. I like some of his politics too, although I like his music better. I liked it when he attacked David Cameron for choosing Eton Rifles for his Desert Island Discs.”The whole thing with Cameron saying it was one of his favourite songs,” said Weller. “I just think, ‘Which bit didn’t you get?'”
Comrade Weller is now going to perform in support of a series of concerts in support of Jeremy Corbyn, organised by the ultra left organisation Momentum. How lovely, especially since the organisers have said: “We feel Jeremy Corbyn’s realigning of the Labour party towards the principles of social justice and wealth distribution, which the party was founded on, affords the best opportunity to improve everybody’s lives.” And Weller is going along to bang out a few tunes for Corbyn. Bless.
But, as with just about everyone else in Corbyn’s top team, Weller comes with a bit of baggage. No one doubts his political affiliations or his causes, but like everyone else in Corbyn’s top team, the Modfather preaches one thing and does another. I have no issue with him accruing $10 million dollars through his brilliant music, nor do I have any issue with him sending all of his five children to a private school (“because I don’t want them to come out talking like Ali G”) but if you are going to bang on about left politics, face up to the facts. If you write a song condemning the rich and privileged, like David Cameron, who attended Eton, if you then send your children to private schools you are, Sir, a hypocrite, just like Shami Chakrabarti, Diane Abbott and all the rest of the comrades who sustain Corbyn’s cult status.
As I said in a previous blog, it is not against the law to send your children to a private school any more than it isn’t against the law to pay for private health cover. But don’t, then, campaign against others doing exactly the same thing. Otherwise, you represent Corbyn’s “straight talking, honest politics”, which is turning out to be no such thing.
“What chance have you got against a tie and a crest?” Or a multimillionaire musician who picks and chooses his principles?