Bringing together a couple of recent preoccupations, it sounds as though, if I fancy leaving the country again, I’d better get a move on – if an interview with Ray Davies in the latest issue of Uncut magazine is to be believed –
Uncut – So now they’re leaving [the country] for a different reason?
RD – Yeah, and there’s a lot of people doing that. I think by this time next year, our rights to leave will be taken from us.
Uncut – This time next year … say that again?
RD – Our rights to be leave the country will be … It will be more difficult for us to leave the country.
Uncut – Why?
RD – Because they’ll stop us.
Uncut – Who will?
RD – The Government.
Uncut – They’ll stop us leaving the country?
RD – (Patiently) – Our rights will be gradually eroded. There’ll be no freedom of movement … I sound crazy, but so be it. They’re eroding our right to travel. Ryanair is making life more complicated. What was 60 quid a pop is now 200+ a pop.
Uncut – But Ryanair is not the Government.
RD – No, it’s private enterprise. But I think soon this government will restrict our rights to travel.
Uncut – And you don’t just mean making it difficult for people to emigrate? You mean stopping people from going abroad on holidays?
RD – Yeah. Mmm. Mmm. Yeah.
Uncut – You really believe this?
RD – The other night, I went to this event. The Prime Minister of this country received an award from somebody who was a presenter on Al Jazeera (Laughs loudly). They just don’t care any more. We’re talking about serious power … I don’t see Cameron as a bad man. I see him as what he is. Someone you bump into in the Home Counties. I’m not frightened of him. But I fear for what he’s capable of …
Blimey! Things are worse than I thought.