Things can only get better for the Lib Dems, as D:Ream’s Brian Cox defects from Labour

by Stephen Tall on March 14, 2010

Time was when you were asked to name a Lib Dem celebrity backer you would have been hard-pressed to think beyond Barry Norman, Liz Kershaw and Barry Cryer (all of whom are stars, of course). Then came Sandi Toksvig, Floella Benjamin and Brian Eno; perhaps also Daniel Radcliffe. And last month, the Observer named Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Colin Firth, Kate Winslet, Andrew Motion, Razorlight, and the Kooks. Suddenly, it’s al looking a bit more A-list, a bit more contemporary.

And now comes today’s news from The Sunday Times, ‘D:Ream is over as poster boy Brian Cox deserts Labour: a former pop star turned scientist whose song was used as the party anthem is to vote Lib Dem in protest at cuts in academic funding’:

ONE of the members of D:Ream, the pop group whose song Things Can Only Get Better became the 1997 new Labour election anthem, has decided that things are, well, getting worse. Last week Brian Cox, who has pursued an academic career since the band split up, attacked Labour’s record on science funding and indicated he would vote Liberal Democrat at the coming election. …

Cox said that Dr Evan Harris, the Lib Dem spokesman on science, had “made the most commitment to science” and, when asked if he would vote Lib Dem, said: “Yes I would.” The news will be embarrassing to Labour. Keyboardist Cox and D:Ream played a series of gigs for the party during the 1997 election campaign.

For the record (ahem), D:Ream’s most recent single was called, “All Things To All Men”. [Insert your own punchline here].