And Finally

Morrissey defends Marr on Cameron diss

By | Published on Monday 6 December 2010

Ah, now this is interesting, could David Cameron be the man to reconcile the former members of The Smiths? Could a common hatred of the country’s Tory boy chief be enough to smooth the way for a reunion?

Probably not, but Morrissey has defended his former bandmate’s jokey tweet last week to the effect that Cameron should stop saying how much he loves The Smiths’ music, because Marr hates everything the PM stands for. Some commentators have since chastised Marr, arguing it’s not for artists to choose their fans. 

In a posting on the website this weekend, Morrissey said: “I would like to, if I may, offer support to Johnny Marr who has spoken out to the media this week against David Cameron. To those who have expressed concern over Johnny’s words in view of the fact that David Cameron has pledged immense allegiance to the music of The Smiths, I would like to try to explain why I think Johnny is right not to be flattered”.

He continued: “It is true that music is a universal language – the ONLY universal language, and belongs to all, one way or another. However, with fitting grimness I must report that 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”.