But it was music that also came with a political bite, taking aim at Thatcherism and 80s Britain. And, in 1985, saw Weller join the Bill Bragg-fronted Red Wedge collective, which saw Weller, Bragg and other musicians go on tour and play concerts in support of the Labour party. They split up when, in 1987, the Tories won a third consecutive victory.
Still, although he might not be writing political songs any more, Weller has said recently he still dislikes the Tories, “I do have a particular hatred for the Tory Party, that's for sure.” he said. “I hate their smugness and the way they just look after their own. I think that's quite disgusting and shocking in this day and age.”