Hi Steve, I thought your comments re; religion were incredibly interesting so I thought I’d go for the double whammy and bring politics into the equation. Do you believe that politics has a ‘place’ in music and that it is an effective medium to try and get such messages across? Is there still a place for the protest song in 21st century Britain? Can it really make a difference?

If politics is your inspiration, because the arts are concerned with relaying passions after all. I think a lot depends upon the power of the artist. The more direct the message, the more striking the work needs to be. As soon as an artist uses cliches to comment on current affairs it becomes artistically doomed, so if the motivation is there but the artistic ability is strong and individualistic and to the fore, it can stand the test of time, as history has shown.

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