The first I heard of Billy Bragg was "Between the Wars," on BBC1 in 1985. I hated it. It was so whiney and drove me crazy. Since then he's grown on me. Now I wish I had paid better attention when I saw him at Milton Keynes with U2 and R.E.M.
He was recently on Radio 360 in a great interview. He's such a super lefty. Totaling railing against war and uncontrolled capitalism. You hear "Like Soldiers Do" during the interview. He talks about how the music landscape has changed. As an example he mentioned that the leader of Britain's conservative party revealved in an interview that his favorite album was "The Queen is Dead" by the Smiths. I bet Morrissey had to be resuscitated after he heard that!