“I don’t know what the hell went wrong with our country,” he says. “There’s a culture of thuggishness that I can’t help but blame on punk rock music.
“I know it’s fashionable to think it was a great advance, but it also inspired two generations of young people to think that being rude, aggressive and violent is cool – and it’s very much not cool. I felt less and less safe in the UK. You could no longer walk around the local town – I won’t say which it was – while all the pubs had been taken over by chains and turned into places with loud music and no chairs, designed for people to get plastered in and to start fighting. That’s not the country I grew up in. The Britain I love is disappearing.”
I wonder if he has a point about punk?