Billy Bragg Congratulates Australia’s New Leader Anthony Albanese – Billboard

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Billy Bragg has welcomed Australia’s new chief Anthony Albanese as “the fitting individual for the activity”.

The mythical British singer, songwriter and activist, and Albo, as he’s affectionately recognized, have so much in not unusual.

The pair met at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre within the past due Nineteen Nineties and fast take to each other with a “shared love of track and a dedication to the politics of compassion,” Bragg writes in a social media submit.

Best now, Albanese is the high minister-elect of Australia. 

The distinction is mutual. Right through his first reliable press convention as PM, Albanese quoted Bragg’s “To Have and To Have Now not,” noting “simply since you’re going forwards, doesn’t imply I’m going backwards,” a nod to his Australian Hard work Birthday party’s innovative schedule.

The ALP’s Might 21 election win may but have a ripple impact within the U.Okay., notes Bragg, the place thousands and thousands are annoyed with Boris Johnson’s Conservative executive.

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“The defeat of the Morrison executive has given an uplift to many in Britain,” he continues, “the place the Tories search to make use of wedge problems to rally reinforce. That the Australian voters rejected such divisive politics gives hope to all folks preventing in opposition to the emerging tide of populism. Clearly, for me, there’s the added pleasure of seeing my outdated mate Albo grow to be the high minister of Australia.”

Bragg is an activist dwelling within the frame of an artist. The Bard of Barking as soon as addressed the British parliament dressed in a Conflict t-shirt and in 1985 helped identify Crimson Wedge, the free umbrella group which introduced in combination like-minded artists to marketing campaign for the election of a Labour executive. He’s additionally a company believer that track can heal and assist. In 2007, he based Prison Guitar Doorways, an initiative that has despatched guitars to no less than 20 prisons within the U.Okay.

Albo is already making growth. Previous this week, he unveiled a brand new Australian cupboard which units a report for ladies’s illustration (10) and comprises the primary Muslim ministers. As anticipated, Tony Burke takes over the humanities portfolio from Paul Fletcher, whilst Michelle Rowland takes communications portfolio, additionally from Fletcher.

The demanding situations going through Australia’s new chief “are daunting and I don’t envy him his luck,” Bragg continues. “A few of us simply sing about making the arena a greater position – he now has the duty of handing over on that promise. The folks have given him a mandate for alternate – to create a brand new Australia dedicated to appearing jointly within the not unusual excellent. I do know Albo is the fitting individual for the activity. He has a socialism of the center.”