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Former Sex Pistol John Lydon blames immigration for ‘division’ in UK

Former Sex Pistol John Lydon blames immigration for ‘division’ in UK

John Lydon has lashed out at the apparent effects of immigration in the UK during a fiery interview in which he doubled down on his support for Brexit. The former Sex Pistol, who is himself the son of immigrants, decried Britain’s seaside towns as “run down” and full of “prospective immigrants”, which he claimed has fueled “animosity in communities.” Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, rose to fame with the punk band in the mid-Seventies with songs such as “God Save the Queen” and “Anarchy in the UK.” In recent years he has adopted right-wing political stances including throwing his weight behind Brexit, Donald Trump and Nigel Farage. But his remarks sparked a backlash from migrant charities who branded him “an old punk rocker… shamefully choosing to demonise marginalised communities.” Speaking to LBC host Andrew Marr on Thursday evening (7 March), Lydon said that much of his forthcoming tour is taking place in seaside towns, which he claimed indicates how “run down” Britain has become. “They used to be fantastic places when I was a kid,” the …