Sam Fender says current Government is worst he’s seen ‘in my lifetime’

Sam Fender has described the current Government as the worst he’s seen “in my lifetime”.

In an interview with The Big Issue magazine, Fender, 27, from North Shields, said he wanted to do more to take action against poverty. 

He said the Conservative Party aren’t doing enough and promised that he would do more. 

“I think I need to do some more stuff to do with this. Because the Tories aren’t doing it,” said Fender.

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“We’ve got the worst Government I’ve ever seen, in my lifetime. My dad reckons it’s one of the worst he’s ever seen. And he’s sixty-f******-six.”

Fender describes himself as left-wing and said he supported former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

“I loved f****** Corbyn, quite frankly. I mean, he f***** up a lot of things. But I think his heart was in the right place and that’s something that we’ve not seen for a long time.

“I just think he was done a massive disservice by the British press. And I think a lot of people who he would have potentially helped, were groomed to hate him.

“The Tory party knew exactly what they were doing when it comes to turning him into a f****** enemy.”

Fender confirmed he would not start a career in politics, saying he wasn;t “clean enough”.

He said: “I couldn’t. They would f****** destroy me. I’m not clean enough. That’s the issue.

“All they’d have to do is just catch us one night on a bender, and then that would be me. I’m not a politician. I’m a f****** artist. I couldn’t do it. They’d run rings around us.”

The singer-songwriter also recalled how his mother struggled with money when he was a child.

“When I was a kid, and me mam fell on hard times, I saw how little help there is when you get to that place,” he said.

“There was times where she was like, literally: it’s the rent or the groceries. I seen what that did to my mother’s self-esteem.

“And her mental health. It was the shame of it. She used to always say, ‘I feel embarrassed’. And so that struggle’s always been close to me.”

Fender has two number one albums and is nominated for three Brit Awards this year. 

He is embarking on a tour of the UK and Ireland to promote his second album Seventeen Going Under. 

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