Sunak’s ‘drunken sailor’ policies ‘destroying’ UK’s music industry claim Right Said Fred

Right Said Fred join TikTok challenge for mental health awareness

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Brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass have both slammed the Chancellor for “failing to properly support” the UK’s once-thriving industry. The pair – most famous for their song “I’m Too Sexy” – also believe the pandemic’s legacy will cause a mental health crisis which could increase suicide and homelessness.

Right Said Fred, who are supporting Homeless Worldwide, which campaigns to prevent homelessness and awareness for mental health, told Express.co.uk: “The music industry in particular was already in a mess before Covid-19, now it is a disaster.

“What matters is the future of creative music in this country.

“The closure of venues up and down the land is a catastrophe, the consequences of which will be felt in years to come.

“Sunak in spending the nation’s taxes on furlough like a drunken sailor on shore leave seems blind to the needs of the industry in which I’ve grown up.

“Without the support of friends and family this would’ve been a truly trying time.

“For me personally the cancellation of almost two years of live work has been tough. Like many others I have been denied the right to make a living.”

The chancellor’s £70bn programme – which paid a portion of millions of employees’ wages during the pandemic – ended yesterday.

But many, including the brothers, have claimed that the arts haven’t been supported enough.

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The pair hit the headlines earlier this year for criticising many of the coronavirus restrictions some of which they claimed were “completely illogical”.

And they claim that the current “conformity-obsessed” climate is damaging the creative arts.

Richard said: “For the creative juices to flow in the arts a little chaos seems essential to me.

“In the present climate obsessed as we seem to be with conformity and a kind of tribalism there is no hope that the music industry will ever rediscover its thirst for invention and experimentation.

“Live entertainment and hospitality has been left to fend for itself, the neglect from the government has been astonishing but not really surprising.

“I don’t look at Rishi Sunak and get the feeling he’s an empathetic individual.

“When he told ‘us’ to retrain, I thought ‘I don’t remember bankers being told the same thing during the 2008 financial crash’.”

Both brothers have experienced their own personal struggles with Fred having to register as homeless in 1988 and suffering a breakdown in the 90s.

Richard also said he went through a “dreadful period” 11 years ago when his partner died.

This has led both of them to back Homeless Worldwide and Tony Gaul MBE – founded by Jenny Roberts after her brother died while living on the streets.

As part of this they are taking part in a TikTok campaign which they hope will raise awareness about mental health.

Express.co.uk has contacted the Chancellor for comment.

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