Frank Turner believes recent attacks on him - including a Labour MP calling him right wing - relate to his school days at Eton.
The singer-songwriter features in our new issue, Q316 out now, and when asked about comments from Kerry McCarthy, MP for Bristol East along with a Guardian blog analysing his views,Turner suggested that his background meant some people will have a fixed view of him.
"I felt pretty hounded," he says of right wing claims. "I was inundated with a wave of abuse, hatred and accusations, which wasn't pleasant. I was left wing when I was 19; I'm not any more. I think of myself as a classic liberal."
He added that he believed Eton will always be a factor in how he is perceived in some quarters: "The question I have to pose to some people is, What single thing could I do that would make you not think I'm a cunt? There isn't an answer to that because it's an implacable hatred of people simply because of their schooling. There is nothing I can do about that opinion so I'm not going to bother trying."
Get Q316 now, in print and on iPad, for the full feature including how Turner ended-up at Eton, his emergence from the hardcore scene, how he ended up playing the London 2012 opening ceremony and much more.
10:33 AM | 28/09/2012
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