Winston Marshall QUITS Mumford and Sons: Banjoist ‘willingly walks away’ from British folk act five months after Twitter storm sparked by ‘innocuous’ post praising US Conservative journalist Andy Ngo
Mumford and Sons banjo player Winston Marshall has quit the folk rock band just five months after a Twitter storm sparked by his praise of a controversial journalist.
In an essay on Medium, the son of Brexit-supporting millionaire Sir Paul Marshall said he feared that his ‘innocuous’ political opinions would ‘inevitably bring my bandmates more trouble’.
He added that he could have chosen to ‘remain and continue to self-censor’, but said that it would ‘erode my sense of integrity’.
Mr Marshall was attacked on social media earlier this year after tweeting his support for US Right-wing reporter Andy Ngo’s work exposing Left-wing extremist group Antifa.
After Mr Marshall was accused of ‘endorsing Fascism’, the band held crisis talks – after which colleagues Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane, along with their management, reportedly asked him to leave the group.
In March the banjo player said he was stepping back from the group, leading one critic of cancel culture to write: ‘Never appease the hate mob, you should have stood by your words’.
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