2016 really has been a godawful year in so many ways. Perhaps the winner of the ‘worst year since the Second World War’ competition. Politically – Brexit, Trump, the Labour Party descending into an unelectable leftist cult, the rise and rise of Marine Le Pen in France. Artistically – the deaths of David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen.
Against all of this, the news last week of Kate Bush’s effusive support of Theresa May, somehow pales in significance. It is still though of a piece – how can someone with that voice, with that unique artistic vision, with that lyrical sensitivity possibly align herself with the crass and sadistic authoritarianism of the current Tories?
But, just because she is a right-winger does not mean we cannot still appreciate the beauty of her music and her out and out genius. This is the song which demonstrates it above all, I think. Extraordinarily written when she was 13 years old – Christ, you should have seen some of the poetry I was writing at that age! So Kate, we hate your politics, but can only stand back and admire you when it comes to your art.