To clear up the matter, the former Smiths frontman used his new interview to explain those political beliefs. According to Morrissey, the EU “won’t allow” Brexit to happen; “Ukip is dead”; Theresa May “is incapable of leadership”; and “even Tesco wouldn’t employ Diane Abbott.”
The pop star said he now affiliates himself with For Britain, a far-right party created by failed Ukip leadership contestant Anne Marie Waters, who has said she left Ukip after the party’s former leader Nigel Farage dismissed her and her allies as “Nazis and racists”. Morrissey added: “As far as racism goes, the modern Loony Left seem to forget that Hitler was Left wing!”
He also wanted to let his interviewer know that he has trouble finding eggs. “It’s very difficult to locate them now in a supermarket,” he said. “Obviously I wouldn’t ever buy eggs, but it’s worth taking note of these things.” He went on to say, inaccurately, that halal meat “requires certification that can only be given by supporters of ISIS”.
These days, however, Morrissey prefers a different kind of onstage provocation. During a recent performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (and at a number of live shows in New York), the former Smiths singer sported a For Britain badge. For those unfamiliar with it, For Britain is a far-right political party. Even Nigel Farage believes it is made up of “Nazis and racists”.
To see Morrissey embrace the far right so openly was shocking. But was it surprising? Ever since the early 90s, he has flirted with the far right and fascist imagery – wrapping himself up in the union jack, writing a song called The National Front Disco, making inflammatory comments about immigration.
Morrissey has called for an end to “Soviet Britain” after he was accused of supporting the far right.
The singer and former frontman of The Smiths has become the centre of controversy for his supposed support of the right-wing political group For Britain.
He said that “the march backwards is over” in an online rallying cry for his various viewpoints, from press freedom to animal rights.
The lengthy pronouncement was made on the official Facebook page of Morrissey, who has consistently denied he holds racist views.
With voice extended to breaking point, I call for the prosperity of free speech; the eradication of totalitarian control; I call for diversity of opinion; I call for the total abolition of the abattoir; I call for peace, above all; I call for civil society; I call for a so-far unknowable end to brutalities; “No” to Soviet Britain; prayers not to gods but to forces; an end to disingenuous media cluelessness; the people have the power; hatred and beheadings belong in the furnace of history; music might still be your only friend; for every shade and persuasion … we shall always be alongside each other – everyone’s culture of value; no more fashionable outrage; cows are friends to humans – don’t kill them; beware of those who write in headlines; moral fiber means holding on … to your friends; give up on inferior arguments; God gave you your life to enjoy – you will cry for your life in years to come … death always answers back; do not be a nobody; you have survived this far in order to make the remainder peaceful and funny; your very survival proves that you have a right; ignore the cold eyes of fascism; your life is Art.”