Thursday, December 14, 2006

Girls Aloud at the dispatch box

As a spot of Christmas frippery, the New Statesman have spent some time seeking Girls Aloud for their political views.

Yes, it does turn out to be as much of an oxymoron as you'd expect:

"There should be adverts in the breaks during Coronation Street spelling it out in bullet points: This is what the Conservatives stand for. This is what Labour stands for," says Cheryl.

"You know that basically Labour is the working-class and the Conservatives are the really kind of upper-class, and then everything else is... I have no idea. I only vote Labour because me mam does."

Bandmate Nicola Roberts agrees that politics are a big turn-off for teenagers: "I know there are programmes on late at night when they have debates and stuff. But young people are not going to choose to watch them. It's boring.

"No 18-year-old wants to watch Gordon Brown doing his whole speech - turn it over!"

Is it just us, or is that ever-so-slightly about all 18 year-olds?

Sarah Harding chips in: "We need to make politics more user-friendly. It just isn't talked about in normal magazines and newspapers. We never get asked who we'd vote for. It could be a general question in an interview, but it isn't."

"Normal" magazines being, presumably, the sort that Girls Aloud feature in. You might wonder, though, what would be the point of asking a political question of a band who are so ignorant of the world that they want it boiled down into a bullet-pointed thirty seconds in the break of Corrie?