Tony Parsons endorses Ukip

Tony Parsons endorses Ukip

Author plans to vote for Nigel Farage’s party because political elite are ‘completely removed from any kind of life experiences’.

Read Decca Aitkenhead’s interview with Tony Parsons here

Author Tony Parsons has said he will vote for Nigel Farage’s UK Independence Party at the European elections.

The writer, who lives in Hampstead in London, said he has not voted for more than a decade because he feels there is a disconnect between politicians and the electorate.

However, he told the Guardian he will be casting his vote for Ukip in the elections on May 22 in one of the party’s most prominent celebrity endorsements.

Confirming his intention to vote Ukip, Parsons said: “I’ve felt that politicians are just completely removed from any kind of life experiences in a way they weren’t when I was growing up.”

He suggested society has become less socially mobile since he started out, and believes he would not have stood a chance of becoming a writer if he were young in the UK today.

“I’d be like some bitter working-class bloke who read a lot of books and thought he was smarter than Cameron and Clegg. And probably drive a black cab or something like that,” he said.

Other celebrities who have come out as supporters of Ukip include lyricist Sir Tim Rice, who has reportedly donated money, and sports presenter Des Lynam, who wrote a song for the party in 2013.

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