Billy has always been an outspoken opponent of racism, bigotry, fascism, sexism and homophobia, and is very much a supporter of a multi-racial Britain. Unfortunately, this has led to a number of attacks by far right groups such as the British National Party.
Billy supports Scottish independence.
Billy is very interested in English national identity. This is apparent in his 2002 album "England, Half-English" and his 2006 book "The Progressive Patriot".
During the General Election in the UK in 2001, Billy worked hard to overcome voter apathy by promoting tactical voting in an attempt to unseat Conservative Party candidates in Dorset, particularly in Dorset South and West Dorset. In this election, the Labour Party won Dorset South with their smallest majority, and the Conservative majority in West Dorset was much reduced.
In 1999, Billy was vehemently criticised by Nicky Wire of the Manic Street Preachers for appearing to intervene in the Crappergate argument (in which the Manic Street Preachers asked for their own toilet at the Glastonbury Festival that year).
In 1999, Bragg appeared before a commission that debated possible reform of the House of Lords.
In the 1980s, Billy went to the Soviet Union several times, when Mikhail Gorbachev began to promote Perestroika and Glasnost. During one trip, he was accompanied by MTV, and during another trip he was videoed for the 1998 mini documentary Mr Bragg Goes to Moscow, by Hannu Puttonen.
Billy has recorded and performed several cover versions of well known communist anthems such "The Internationale" and "The Red Flag".
Billy backed the 1984 miners' strike in Britain and was strongly against the Conservative government at that time which was led by Margaret Thatcher. In the following year he formed the left-wing group Red Wedge, which promoted the Labour Party and discouraged young people from voting for the Conservative Party in the 1987 general election.
Billy has been involved with grassroots political movements throughout his musical career, and this is often reflected in his lyrics.
When Billy heard BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel mention on-air that he was hungry, Bragg rushed to the studio with a mushroom biryani. Peel played a song from Billy's album "Life's a Riot", but at the wrong speed (since the 12" LP was, unconventionally, cut to play at 45rpm). John Peel said that he would have played the song even without the biryani, and he later played it again but at the correct speed this time.
Billy pretended to be a television repair man so that he could get into the office of Charisma Records' A&R man Peter Jenner.
When Billy started performing in London in the early 80s, his roadie at the time was Andy Kershaw, who became a well known BBC DJ. They later collaborated together in an episode of the BBC TV show Great Journeys, in which they travelled the Silver Road from Potosí, Bolivia to the Pacific coast at Arica, Chile.
In May 1981 Billy joined the British Army as a trooper destined for the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars of the Royal Armoured Corps. After a few months, he bought his way out of the army for £175 and returned home, having finished his training but not joined his regiment.
When Billy was starting out, singing in his band Riff Raff, he was also working in Guy Norris records in Barking, Greater London.
Billy is the son of Dennis Frederick Austin Bragg, a sales manager's assistant in a Barking cap and hat makers, and his wife, Marie Victoria D'Urso.
Although Billy was born in London, he now lives in Dorset.
Billy has a street named after him - Bragg Close, in Dagenham, Greater London.
Billy frequently plays and speaks at the "Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival".
Billy has collaborated with Natalie Merchant, Johnny Marr, Kate Nash, Leon Rosselson, members of R.E.M., Michelle Shocked, Less Than Jake, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Kirsty MacColl, and Wilco.
Billy's first record contract was with Charisma Records.
Billy's first band was named "Riff Raff."
Billy quit school at the age of 16.
Billy: People do say to me, "I love your songs, but I just can't stand your politics." And I say, "Well, Republicans are always welcome. Come on over!" I would hate to stand at the door, saying to people, "Do you agree with these positions? If not, you can't come in."
Billy: I don't mind being labeled a political songwriter. The thing that troubles me is being dismissed as a political songwriter.
Billy: My theory is this; I'm not a political songwriter. I'm an honest songwriter. I try and write honestly about what I see around me now.
Billy: The British National Party would probably make it [into a parliament elected by proportional representation], too. It would shine a torch into the dirty little corner where the BNP defecate on our democracy, and that would be much more powerful than duffing them up in the street - which I'm also in favour of.