Rod Stewart blasted for wading into election row as singer claims Starmer 'deserves a chance'

Rod Stewart blasted for wading into election row as singer claims Starmer 'deserves a chance'

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Olivia Gantzer

By Olivia Gantzer


Published: 12/02/2024

- 18:10

The singer previously defended the former Prime Minister but has now turned on him

Sir Rod Stewart has caused a stir on social media after hitting out at former Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The popular singer, 79, labelled Johnson a “lying f*****g public schoolboy,” which has led many to call for him to stay out of political debates.


The singer-songwriter, who has spoken up in defence of Johnson only recently, argued Labour “deserves a crack” before hitting out at Johnson.

Speaking to The Times, he stated: “Keir Starmer and Labour deserve a crack at it. If there was anyone else we could vote for, maybe, but they should be given a shot.

“I live here [the UK] now. I didn’t used to. And I see what the Conservatives get up to. Well, I liked Boris Johnson.

“He was a good figurehead, but he turned out to be a lying f*****g public schoolboy. He got found out and things haven’t been much better since.”

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Stewart labelled Johnson a 'lying f*****g public schoolboy'

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Continuing, he asked: “How many prime ministers have we had that haven’t been voted for? What’s all that about?”

A lot of readers weren’t pleased by Stewart’s remarks, and several took to X to request that famous people refrain from sharing their political views.

One penned: “I don't like Boris Johnson. I think he is a shallow phony politician and not a conservative.

“However, Rod Stewart, like the vast majority of entertainment people, believes he is on the right side of justice by supporting 'liberal, left, labour' ideology. Often they are wrong.”

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Stewart argued Labour and Keir Starmer 'deserve a crack'

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“How do people with hundreds of millions get behind a party that would tax more to give more yet they won’t part with their own hoards?! Voluntarily donate to Government schemes then we’ll take you seriously,” another fumed.

A third asked: “Why do celebrities do this? Stay neutral,” while someone else wrote: “I take it Rod Stewart's not making much money these days and wants to get popular by joining in with labour's Tory Smear Campaign? #Pathetic #OldFart.”

However, there were others that jumped to the Tonight’s The Night singer’s defence, agreeing with his opinions.

“Well said Rod, the same as we all think,” a sixth shared, with another adding: “Nice one Rod, 13 years of Tory rule, it’s time for change.” (sic)

Rod Stewart

Rod had previously said he's 'a fan' of Boris Johnson

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Just last year, Stewart claimed he was “still a fan” of disgraced Johnson following the Partygate scandal.

He told Sky News in June “I was and still am a bit of a fan of Boris because I think he’s got wonderful charisma.”

He went on: “But you know, you knew what you were getting with Boris, so it’s not unusual. He’s told a few porkies over the years. So I’m not surprised.”

GB News has contacted the Conservative Party for comment.

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