Thursday, 8 December 2016

Out On Blue Six : Kate Bush - A Closet Tory?

There's been a lot of media fuss this past week of The Blessed Kate Bush allegedly 'outing' herself as a Tory by confessing her love of PM Theresa May. Naturally, being a huge devotee of hers and being a socialist this is the kind of thing that would make me quite uncomfortable. So let's look beyond the tabloid frenzy shall we too what Kate actually said. It all stems from her 1985 Hounds of Love track, Waking The Witch...

Here's what the Canadian journalist asked;

"You once said that the song (Waking The Witch) was about 'the fear of women's power.' With regards to Hillary Clinton's recent defeat, do you think this fear is stronger than ever?"

And Kate said; "We have a female prime minister here in the UK. I actually really like her and think she's wonderful. I think it's the best thing that's happened to us in a long time. She's a very intelligent woman but I don't see much to fear. I will say it is great to have a woman in charge of the country. She's very sensible and I think that's a good thing at this point in time"

So there you have it. Hardly 'OMG I Love Tories! I am a Tory! Down with the working classes!' now is it? It's a reply to a question that directly referenced a song Kate wrote about the fear of women's power by suggesting there may be some global contemporary relevance to be mined from it in relation to America's decision not to place a woman in the role of their commander in chief. Kate counteracts this argument by pointing out that the UK has a female leader presently who is, to her, better than the previous male incumbent of David Cameron and who seems, again to her, sensible and intelligent. The sensible thing is quite key, as she seems to be suggesting a degree of common sense is required in the current post-Brexit turmoil of the UK. Equally she praises May's intelligence (I don't think even I'd argue she's stupid, heartless because she's a Tory yes, but stupid? No) citing that it is nothing to be afraid of - the power of women is nothing to be afraid of. 

Now, granted this doesn't sound like the Kate Bush who once sang Ken in honour of the GLC's own leftist firebrand Ken Livingstone, but it doesn't sound like she's nailing her colours to the true-blue Tory mast either. In the context of the question itself, what she said is a completely different story to what is actually being reported. The only issue I can have here is that she claims May is 'wonderful', because I don't see that at all. To be fair to Kate, I guess it is wonderful to have a female in power, but simply possessing a vagina and living in Number 10 doesn't make everything wonderful, nor is it a feminist breakthrough or a strike for equality. Thatcher wasn't - despite what many airheads tried to claim after her death - a feminist. She may have been a woman in power but she did nothing for her sisters and openly criticised the feminist movement. May hasn't shown any signs of feminism yet beyond attaining a position for herself.

End Transmission

1 comment:

  1. I listen to a bit of Kate Bush myself, and I'll take an Occam's Razor approach: Kate has finally put the bong down long enough to notice that Mr Callaghan is no longer in charge.