Bill Drummond: The way I see it

A founding member of the KLF, Drummond set up the K Foundation, which famously burned £1m in cash on

  • 1 Does art make a difference?
  • Art appears to make all the difference. It is what cultures leave behind, be it the Pyramids, Shakespeare, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel or the collected works of the Sex Pistols.

  • 2 Should politics and art mix?
  • Most political regimes have used art as part of their public relations strategies. Most artists are so politically naive they are unaware they are
    being used. Most politicians, however great, have no idea about art and most artists, however great, have very simplistic ideas about politics.

  • 3 Is your work for the many or for the few?
  • It is for whoever stumbles across it. It needs neither intellectual gymnastics nor big money to get it. It’s as easy to embrace as it is to knock down.

  • 4 If you were world leader, what would
    be your first law?
  • That I could only serve at most two terms, each one being no more than four years.

  • 5 Who would be your top advisers?
  • The cabinet would include: Machiavelli and Tony Benn as personal advisers; Harold Macmillan for wit and wisdom; the Dalai Lama for religious affairs; Gordon Brown in No 11; Karl Marx and Margaret Thatcher in the think tank; Kofi Annan to sort out Africa; Abraham to sort out the Middle East; and Germaine Greer as a token woman.

  • 6What, if anything, would you censor?
  • That would depend on my mood. Today, it would be my local corner shop for refusing to accept Bank of Ireland £10 notes. Tomorrow, it may be something of far more importance.

  • 7 If you had to banish one public figure, who would it be?
  • I loath political dynasties, be it the Kennedys, Gandhis, Assads or Clintons.

  • 8 What are the rules that you live by?
  • Half-baked ones.

  • 9 Do you love your country?
  • I distrust nationalism; it is always backwardlooking, even if it pretends otherwise. But when Scotland play England at any sport, I’m the first with a Lion Rampant flag around my shoulders, and have 1314 for ever carved into my soul.

  • 10 Are we all doomed?
  • None of us is doomed unless we choose to be. Private Frazer was wrong every time.

This article first appeared in the 25 August 2008 issue of the New Statesman, How to survive the recession