Billy Bragg is the archetype of all those right-on rebels or PC exemplars who, when the kids come along, up sticks from the vibrant multicultural melting pot of the city to a leafy, conservative area.
The Bard of Barking is touring yet again.
"Coming from Barking as I do, the fact that the BNP are now the main opposition party in the area is a source of deep disappointment."
He's coming from Barking alright, but where's he going ?
Let's compare the average primary school league table results for Barking and Dagenham :
With the results for Burton Bradstock CoE Primary in leafy Dorset, where the most multicultural feature is the occasional Gambian drummer performing at the school.
The kids must be heading for secondary level by now. My money's on this little place up the road.