MANICS NICKY ASKS BLAIR FOR WELSH JOB
He applies to take over post of shamed MP
Manic Street Preacher Nicky Wire has written to Prime Minister Tony
Blair asking to become his Welsh Secretary.
His request follows the resignation of disgraced Cabinet minister
Ron Davies from the post.
Songwriter Nicky, who is bass player with the top Welsh band, wrote
to Downing Street from his Cardiff home offering his services the day
after Davies stepped down.
Nicky, who ranks Tony Benn and Ken Livingstone among his heroes,
said; "I'm a diehard socialist.
"I'm really up for getting into politics and trying to make a
"It's something I have been thinking about for some time. If Tony
Blair is looking for a new Welsh Secretary he knows who he can speak
Davies resigned last week after admitting to "a moment of madness"
at a notorious gay haunt on Clapham Common in South London.
He told police he was mugged and his G-red Ford Granada, mobile
phone, wallet and House of Commons pass stolen.
The Manics picked up a gong for Best Band In The World at the Q
Awards on Friday, when fellow Welsh band Catatonia dedicated their
award for best single to the shamed minister.
Nicky and fellow Manics, singer and guitarist James Dean Bradfield
and drummer Sean Moore, always have the Welsh flag draped over their
amplifiers when they go on stage.
Formed when James, Nicky and Sean were at school together in
Blackwood, Gwent, the Manic Street Preachers were hit by tragedy when
their bandmate Richey Edwards disappeared in 1995 - presumed to have
They have built a reputation for writing political songs.
Their new album This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours - the follow up to
their platinum-selling Everything Must Go - is packed with political
statements including a song critical of the police over the
Hillsborough stadium disaster. The Manics have even lambasted Wales
soccer boss Bobby Gould for his handling of the national team.
They changed the words to their song Everything Must Go at a gig in
Cardiff - and sang Bobby Gould Must Go.
The band are currently in Barcelona starting the Spanish leg of
their world tour.