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Wednesday 20 January 2021

Roger Daltrey - Would Get Fooled Again

The succession of enthusiastic Brexiteers to discover that Project Fear was in fact Project Reality grows by the day. The fishing industry was an early addition, meat processors and exporters followed soon after, financial services and European stock marketeers have since been added to the list, and now has come Roger Daltrey.

It's the way he tells them

The frontman for The Who, or THEE OO as it is more correctly spoken, has proved the old law that some Slebs are best keeping out of those areas of life about which they pretend to know a lot, but in reality know very little. Daltrey was bullishly, even aggressively pro-Brexit before the event, and did not care who knew it. So we soon did.

Asked in March 2019 if Brexit would be bad for rock music, Daltrey responded “No. What’s it got to do with the rock business?” How would bands tour in Europe? “Oh dear. As if we didn’t tour in Europe before the fucking EU. Oh give it up. If you want to sign up to be ruled by a fucking mafia, you do it … like being governed by FIFA”. And there was more.

Talking to the BBC Radio 4 Front Row Programme in 2018, he claimedIt’s nothing that can’t be solved. I mean, we used to work in Europe before Europe was even thought about [!], or the EU was even thought about [not in his case, he didn’t]. We had the golden period of the 60s and 70s. Come on … wake up a bit”. And yet more. Revealingly more.

I’m not against Europe at all, it’s Brussels and the construct of Brussels and the democratic deficit of it [did he not know about the European Parliament?]. There’s no direct link between the voter, and to get through to those people who run our lives [yes there is], and there’s far too many people on far too many gravy trains soaking us dry”.

One wonders how vocal he has been at the news of all those Tory Party donors and hangers-on securing multi-million pound contracts on the back of the Coronavirus pandemic, and without competition. We should remember that Daltrey just sang the words and Pete Townshend actually wrote them. He can’t actually see for miles and miles.

So today’s news should not come as a surprise. As the BBC has reported, “Some of the UK's biggest music stars have written to the government demanding action to ensure visa-free touring in the European Union. Sir Elton John, Liam Gallagher and Nicola Benedetti are among 110 artists who have signed the open letter. It said they had been ‘shamefully failed’ by the government over post-Brexit travel rules for UK musicians”.

Who else signed? As if you need to ask. “Ed Sheeran, Sir Simon Rattle, Sting, Radiohead, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Kim Wilde, Roger Daltrey, Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis, and Judith Weir, Master of the Queen's Music”. As Fred Flintstone might have said, hold it … HOLD IT! Roger Daltrey? The Beeb reporter saw that too.

The Who frontman Daltrey has also signed despite telling the BBC Radio 4's Front Row programme in 2018: ‘It's nothing that can't be solved’”. He also claimed falsely that there was a democratic deficit, no direct link with voters, and no EU in the 60s and 70s, when the EEC, the EU’s forerunner, began life with the Treaty of Rome. In 1958.

Daltrey’s credibility, to paraphrase the words of My Generation, died before he got old.

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goldfish said...

Daltrey called Jeremy Corbyn a 'Marxist', just before the last Election, so we really didn't need much more evidence of his political illiteracy.

Anonymous said...

All his hopes dashed.

He didn't die before he got old.

The selfish narcissistic meff.

Andy McDonald said...

Sang in a band, the "RD Crusaders" alongside noted ethics expert and not pornographer Richard Desmond. Says it all really.

Really, the best thing he's done in the last 30 years is getting blown up in the opening scene of Richard Grieco vehicle "Teen Agent".

Steve Woods said...

How can gravy trains soak one dry?

Roger old chap, you went gaga years ago.

Johnspartacusanonymous said...

At least his trout farm enterprise might allow him to try out a brain upgrade.

Anonymous said...

Nigel can you hear me?

Arnold said...

It's not just Daltry. Brexit was always about losing our right to travel and work freely in the EU. Why exactly do any of the signatories think musicians should be treated differently from the rest of the UK?

J said...

What a bunch of arrogant pricks (Daltry and - shame on them - iron maiden's Bruce Dickinson et. al.)... they wanted the removal of freedom of movement for everyone - except themselves as musicians.

"No freedom for you - but freedom for me, because I'm so much better than you...": Rodger Daltry cnut extraordinaire (age=dead soon).

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Nigel can you hear me?

20 January 2021 at 18:35

More like Uncle Ernie

Martin Read said...

Give him what he voted for, greater inconvenience. I saw the Who in the 70s: they were damn good then, but given free voice outside of Townsend's lyrics not so much.

Anonymous said...

He can't explain.

Anonymous said...

"Can you see the real me...can ya...can ya?"

Well, we sure have now, Roger.

Anonymous said...

Boris the spider
Nige the spinner
Roger the dick