Robbie Williams: I'm a communist

2011-07-29 08:40
London - Robbie Williams is a secret communist.

The Take That singer believes the political movement - which aims for a classless society based upon common ownership - is preferable to capitalism, although he admits he struggles with his political beliefs because he wants to buy a Rolls Royce.

Writing on his blog, he revealed: "Capitalistic conspiracy? I'm with you. The system is destined to explode and I think it's sooner rather than later... If we could get communism to work without corruption... I'm in... The Rolls Royce Phantom is the ultimate symbol (for me anyway) of our desire for 'stuff' and it's all 'stuff'. Bulls**t when you break it down... consume, consume, consume... we're at the tipping point my friends.

"Fasten your seatbelt we're in for a bumpy ride... I'm a socialist capitalist which leads to guilt. (sic)"

Robbie, 37, is having such a dilemma over his lavish tastes, he has asked his fans for their advice on whether he should splash out on the extravagant £300 000 vehicle or not.

He said: "I'm having a bit a Rolls Royce Phantom issue at the minute... have been for a couple of years now... truth be told... I'd luuuuuurrrrrvvvvee one... but I think about you lot and what you would think of me... I know it's a vulgar display of wealth... I guess I'm asking your permission... let's have a vote... If you lot by majority think it's ok then I'll treat myself, if not I won't, serious. (sic)"


  • Cuba12 - 2011-07-29 08:52

    Bitches about capitalism while purchasing luxury items? Yip, sounds like a communist to me

  • Pictureof - 2011-07-29 09:19

    Talks like Malema, Gay like Malema... They could be twins.

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-29 10:56

      Or at least Robbie could be Juju's photo-negative

  • Pupuzela - 2011-07-29 09:26

    Now if only Julius can be this honest.

  • manicm - 2011-07-29 09:39

    Yes, at face value he might be talking bollocks, but let's indulge him and ignore the cliched comments posted here. Truth is capitalism is failing as badly as socialism and communism ever did. Who would have thought the mighty USA would one day be on the brink of a default? It is Uncle Sam's hat deep in debt. How can India boast of a growing middle class when over 50% of children in rural areas are undernourished? To measure economic wealth by middle-classes alone is now a complete fallacy. Greece has now practically lost its sovereignty, economically at least. Guys, got news for you - capitalism as you know it will die soon - environmental changes, and food and water shortages will put paid to that.

      Badballie - 2011-07-29 09:53

      very true however corruption is still the biggest threat to a workable communist system, Democracy although teetering on the edge of its own downfall has lasted longer than most communist systems except for china, and North Vietnam although both are dictatorships so I don't think communism is the correct word to describe them

      patrickb - 2011-07-29 09:57

      Over population is the REAL problem. We just breed and breed as we like, without any thought given to the planet we are living on. In most countries breeding is encouraged, the more children you have, the lower tax you pay. This planet cannot sustain the over breeding that we are responsible for.

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-29 10:59

      @ manicm - yeah but what people don't realise is that in capitalist countries, communism is still the goal. When comparing Marx's 1848 manifesto and the 10 points he lists as requirements for communism, most caplitalist countries meet most of the points already and are striving towards meeting the remainder. No surprise USA is so deep in debt - it sold out to the Central Bank (as per Marx's points) in 1933 and since then, every time the Federal Reserve prints money, it is effectively borrowing money from the bank... so the US debt can ONLY get worse.

  • manicm - 2011-07-29 09:42

    Oh, and in any event I've got no problem with Robbie buying a Rolls Royce. Artists don't change the world, but they can change the way we think. And they're not politicians. As a superstar his money is legit so who cares. News 24 readers are a reactionary lot aren't they?? It's like all your comments are written by one person you're so predictable.

  • Anton - 2011-07-29 09:44

    Robbie and Julius share the same problem....

      Judge Judy - 2011-07-29 11:10

      .....except Juliaarse doesn't ask!

  • patrickb - 2011-07-29 09:51

    "very few benefit from capitalism, with communism we all get to share the misery" Winston Churchill

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-29 10:59

      Our Winston was a wise man

  • Insane - 2011-07-29 10:12

    He is such a effing wanker!!

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-29 10:59

      I second that!

      Judge Judy - 2011-07-29 11:12

      ...and maybe both of you are as well!

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-29 13:46

      Going by thumbs up, there is a third person who agrees. But we don't know who he/she is. The W****r Pimpernel strikes again...

  • shmangle - 2011-07-29 10:58

    It's not only corruption that's the problem. Communism leads to mediocrity. As soon as the general population is aware that hard work and diligence don't pay any more than doing the bare minimum, everyone starts doing the bare minimum. Nobody has any desire to work harder and improve their lives, because working harder doesn't improve their lives. That's the biggest problem with communism, it erodes enthusiasm, and replaces it with bitter acceptance.

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-29 12:02

      Exactly. This happened in the USSR. Nobody was allowed to own property and they had to work for the government, all for the same wage. So they didn't bother working too hard. Eventually USSR was heading for mass starvation - so they modified their communist principles and allowed farm workers for farm for themselves, and almost instantly there was more food... because now they were working for their own reward. And not just on the farms - look at any product made by an Eastern Bloc country in those days. Skoda used to be a racing car, then in communist days it became a huge joke (eventually an Eastern Bloc Skoda had a UK insurance value of £1) - now the Czech Republic is free, VW bought Skoda and nowadays they're darn good cars - basically you can get a VW Passat with Skoda badge (and a few little changes) for almost R100k less in the UK. Pity SA doesn't sell them! Lada (Russian) was so bad that they've since been banned from being sold in the EU...

  • writer24 - 2011-07-29 11:06

    Come on Robbie! Who cares what you spend the money on, the point is you have it and can be spent on whatever you like, whatever pleases you. Now if you took that money had gave it to the more needy, then you would be somewhat living up to your beliefs!

  • Judge Judy - 2011-07-29 11:18

    Leave Robbie least he has the common decency to ask. He has a lot of angst over his wealth, so he has a conscience, and that makes him a mensch, so get off his case.

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-29 11:57

      Going by Robbie's words, he doesn't know his systems all too well... but I'm still surprised that there are some intelligent comments above in an article relating to RW.

  • ChrisW - 2011-07-29 17:18

    Problem has secret links to the ANC too. H's the perfect role model.

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