There hasn’t been much common ground for Johnny Marr and Morrissey since the Smiths split over 20 years ago, but they have now been united in a common cause: their joint hatred for current British Prime Minister David Cameron. Marr recently lashed out at Cameron for pretending to be a fan of his former band, and now Morrissey has backed him up.
“I would like to, if I may, offer support to Johnny Marr who has spoken out to the media this week against David Cameron,” the singer wrote in an email to his fansite, Trueto_you.net. “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.”
“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.”
It’s unlikely that Cameron will be compelled to respond, although it would be fascinating to see what he think of his (supposedly) former idols turning on him in this manner. But given Morrissey/Mar’s well-documented left leaning tendencies, he probably didn’t expect much else. You can read Morrissey’s message in full over here.