Mccartney Boycotted U.k. Elections Over Greedy Mps
SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY refused to vote in the U.K.'s recent European elections - because he is "disillusioned" with the politicians in charge of Britain.
The U.K. government, headed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, has faced weeks of scrutiny after a British newspaper revealed the extent of taxpayers' money used to fund lavish lifestyles for Members of Parliament (MPs).
The revelations caused a public outcry, leading to several MPs handing in their resignations and Brown's leadership skills thrown into doubt.
And MCCartney admits he was also outraged by the abuse of U.K. citizens' cash - and protested against politicians by boycotting the U.K.'s local and European elections last week (04Jun09).
He tells Britain's The Independent newspaper, "I didn't vote in the last election. All that expenses rubbish has made me disillusioned with British politics. I didn't feel comfortable using my vote to get any of them in power. All of them seem to be up for ripping off expenses and making themselves as powerful as possible and I don't want a part of that."
And the Beatles legend is adamant he would never consider running for office himself: "I couldn't do it. If someone asked me to be a music tsar, I'd say, 'I'm a tsar already, what are you talking about?'"