An enraged Elton John has attacked the UK government for a ‘Philistine’ failure to acknowledge how Brexit has hit musicians and touring artists.
Speaking to Observer New review This weekend, the veteran star attacked Boris Johnson’s administration for having no understanding of the huge income normally generated by British artists working abroad.
“I am furious with what the government did when Brexit took place. They have not made any arrangements for the entertainment industry, and not just for musicians, actors and filmmakers, but for teams, dancers, people who make a living going to Europe, ”said John, who said his anger was the result. unsuccessful attempts to pressure politicians.
“We talked to Lord Strasburger about it, and we talked to Lord Frost, but we didn’t really end up with him,” John said. “It’s a nightmare. For young people starting a career, it’s crucifying.
When asked why he thought he encountered such resistance, John replied, “The government is a Philistine. We’ve gotten used to governments – especially the UK government – telling us lies every day, and I don’t feel okay with that.
“Look what they’ve done with the NHS. After everything these people did during Covid, they are giving them a 1% raise. I find that extraordinary. It makes me so angry. I’m 74 and I just don’t understand this injustice and this ridiculous ability to lie through your teeth every fucking minute of the day.
John has spent much of the pandemic at home in Berkshire with his two children and husband David Furnish.
“I enjoyed the time we spent together. I have owned this house since 1975 and this is the first time in my life that I see spring, summer, fall and winter here.
But he became enraged, he said, at the government’s contempt for the entertainment industry.
“People like me can afford to go to Europe because we can get people to fill out forms and get visas, but what drives me crazy is that the entertainment business brings in £ 111 billion. sterling a year to this country and we just got thrown away. The fishing industry – which they still screwed up – brings in £ 1.4 billion. And I’m all for the fishermen, but we’re talking here over a hundred billion pounds difference, and we didn’t even think about it! “Well, the arts: they don’t matter.”