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- Posted on Apr 27th 2011 2:00PM by Ciaran Thompson
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"I find it very hard to give two s---s about it," Turner, a recent nominee for NME's Best Solo Artist award, tells Spinner. "I get slightly frustrated with people who get annoyed about the royal wedding on the grounds of taxpayers' money because it's going to bring an awful lot more money into the United Kingdom through tourism and all the rest of it."
"I'm much more bothered about sinecures for useless, bulls--- politicians and the appalling rot of our welfare state," he continues. "If you want to talk about government expenditures to get pissed off about, I can talk about it till the f---ing cows come home. The royal wedding is lower on the list of things I get angry about."
Turner is currently touring North America in anticipation of his fourth LP, 'England Keep My Bones' -- a title taken from Shakespeare's 'The Life and Death of King John' -- and is happy to be missing out on the April 29 ceremony and all the hoopla in his homeland.
However, the media hype surrounding the nuptials between Prince William -- with whom Turner attended Eton College with as a teenager -- and Kate Middleton still infuriates the musician as he wishes people would concern themselves with more pressing matters.
"To me, that's a similar thing to the whole 'I can't believe that they're covering Paris Hilton when there's a war happening.' Obviously that is kind of f---ed, but when has the world ever not been f---ed?" the singer questions.
"At the end of the day, quite a lot of people in the West care more about shopping and Paris Hilton than they do about wars. You can beat your head against the wall and think that's terrible as much as you like, but it doesn't change the fact the human race is not a particularly well-adjusted, awesome group of people to be part of.
"A sort of left-wing friend of mine the other day was saying, 'I wonder how many people would pay for the royal wedding if you had to do it through voluntary subscription?' The answer to which is, f---ing loads of them, because lots and lots of people care about it. So [it's a] redundant argument, I'm afraid."