Morrissey supports Johnny Marr in David Cameron row
Singer praises former bandmate for 'forbidding' David Cameron to like the Smiths, citing the prime minister's stance on hunting
Almost a quarter century after their band split up, Morrissey can agree with Johnny Marr about one thing: David Cameron is not allowed to like the Smiths. Following Marr's recent comments "forbidding" the prime minister to like their band, the former Smiths frontman has echoed the sentiment, citing Cameron's support for hunting.
"Stop saying that you like the Smiths," Marr said last week, "no you don't." Whereas the guitarist made his remarks on Twitter, restraining himself to just 76 characters, Morrissey used the blog True to You to issue 11 paragraphs of vegetarian vitriol. "I would like to, if I may, offer support to Johnny Marr who has spoken out to the media this week against David Cameron," he wrote. "David Cameron hunts and shoots and kills stags – apparently for pleasure. It was not for such people that either Meat Is Murder or The Queen Is Dead were recorded; in fact, they were made as a reaction against such violence."
Morrissey goes on to claim that he cancelled an appearance on The Andrew Marr Show after hearing that Cameron would also be present, and although it is generally "a fantastic thrill" to learn that "anyone at all" likes the Smiths' music, "David Cameron is not just anyone". "David wanted to repeal the Hunting Act, which would mean the brutal killing of foxes, hares, deer, badgers, otters – just about anything that moves," Morrissey wrote. "I beg you to notice the unbearable dimension of sorrow that David Cameron is attempting to inflict upon British wildlife."
After an odd comment about gender and prime ministers, Morrissey adjusts his sights to attack "dim-witted" David Beckham and "avid hunter" Bryan Ferry. "I apologise very deeply for my support over the years for the group Roxy Music," he said. "I had no idea [about] their singer."
Morrissey also has words for the royal family, saying Prince William and his new "fiasco" fiancee, Kate Middleton, "are so dull as people that it is actually impossible to discuss them". William "has never made the faintest imprint on the English soul", but – even worse – he "is also a hunter of deer". The Queen also comes under fire: by tolerating the British guards' continued use of bearskin hats, she has proven herself "indifferent to barbarism". Furthermore, "let us speak quite plainly, there is not one person in the whole of England who can remember or repeat a single word ever spoken by the Queen, such is her command of communication".
Morrissey does make some good points, among the slings and arrows. But for all our earnest listening, we can't help but feel distracted. This blogpost, after all, raises an enormous question: if Morrissey and Marr can agree on Cameron, could they perhaps agree on something else?