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Up to 30 anonymous pieces of hate mail -- posted second class -- have been sent to residents of Burton Bradstock in Dorset, the Daily Telegraph reports, describing Bragg as anti-British and calling him a hypocrite for living a celebrity lifestyle despite his left-wing outlook.
The singer lives in a £1.5 million ($2.3 million) house with sea views, the paper adds. The letters attack his political campaigns, musical talent and end by calling on villagers to drive him out of the area.
Bragg reckons the missives are the work of a disgruntled British National Party supporter and urged recipients to bin them. "I have campaigned against the Tories in west Dorset for the past 10 years, but they have never stooped so low as to randomly circulate hate mail in the hope of undermining my credibility," he said.
"This letter is nothing more than the powerless ranting of a bitter individual who is angry that, even in a sleepy village like ours, people reject the politics of racism." Residents quoted by The Telegraph have been supportive of their high-profile neighbour.
Peter Dutton said, "His views aren't generally well-received, but on the other hand he is very well respected in the village and has done a lot of good. Most people think the letters are just ridiculous."