Kate Bush: Theresa May is wonderful

'We have a female prime minister here in the UK. I actually really like her,' says the singer

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It would be fair to say most people who like Ken Livingstone feel less warmly towards Theresa May. But Kate Bush appears to be the exception to the rule.

The iconic singer, who is known for keeping a low profile, has rarely dipped her toes into the heady world of British politics but her most recent comments about the current Prime Minister certainly signal a radical departure from her apparent support for Livingstone back in the 1980s. 

For the record, Bush sang on the soundtrack to an episode of the series The Comic Strip Presents… called GLC: The Carnage Continues which featured Livingstone before he became the Mayor of London.

Bush has now given a rare interview to promote her new album Before the Down and weighed in on the UK political scene. 

In the interview, Bush was reminded of past comments she made about her song “Waking the Witch”, which she described as about “the fear of women’s power”. She was probed about whether “this fear is stronger than ever” with regards to Hillary Clinton’s recent defeat. 

Bush used this as an opportunity to express her great admiration for Ms May.

“We have a female prime minister here in the UK. I actually really like her and think she’s wonderful,” she told Canadian publication Macleans.

“I think it’s the best thing that’s happened to us in a long time. She’s a very intelligent woman but I don’t see much to fear.

“I will say it is great to have a woman in charge of the country. She's very sensible and I think that's a good thing at this point in time.”

Bush herself has broken all manner of records for women in the music industry, becoming the first woman to have eight albums in the top 40 at the same time. And despite previously declaring she hates the word 'feminist', her songs have frequently explored feminist issues.

The sketch Bush sang for, which featured Livingstone all those years ago, offered a Hollywood version of Livingstone embarking on a takeover of the Greater London Council.

“Look to the left and to the right. We need help and there's nobody in sight. Where is the man that we all need? Well tell him he's to come and rescue me. Ken is the man that we all need. Ken is the leader of the GLC,” the lyrics included, also referring to Livingstone as a “sex machine”.