Morrissey shoots out at Monarchy

In yet another broadside aimed directly at the royal family,  coming just a few weeks after he  slated the royal wedding, Morrissey has written an astonishing article in Irish publication, Hot Press, in which he labels the Queen’s inaugural visit to Ireland a PR campaign.  Not content with that he goes on to call the Queen a fascist and compares her to dictators, Colonel Gaddafi and ousted Egyptian President Mubarak, ‘The very existence of the Queen and her now enormous family – all supported by the British taxpayer whether the British taxpayer likes it or not – is entirely against any notion of democracy, and is against freedom of speech. For a broad historical view of what the Queen is and how she “rules”, examine Gaddafi or Mubarak, and see if you can spot any difference.’

As ever the whole article and the striking views supporting it are subject to much heated debate.  Many blog sites and comments pages are filled with disgust at such vehement views.  Of course this latest attack on the British monarchy is nothing new from Morrissey, who has long been outspoken against the Windsors, ever since his days in The Smiths; ‘Her very Lowness with a head in a sling / I’m truly sorry – but it sounds like a wonderful thing.’  Sung on the title track of landmark album, The Queen is Dead, which incidentally celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.  But this latest outburst comes at a time when the Royals are very much in public favour and Morrissey is seen as a despised outsider, more than ever.

Most news articles have naturally highlighted the comments about Mubarak and Gaddafi, clever soundbite by Morrissey, but there is much more complexity to the article than has been commonly reported.  He mentions the Queens support of Thatcher during the 80s, when she allowed hunger strikers to die at Maze prison.  More recently he bemoans the banning of democratic protests against the monarchy, ‘The most revealing statement came from Commander Christine Jones of the Metropolitan Police last month, when she warned that any British people carrying anti-royal placards who are “seen in the vicinity of the royal wedding would be removed under the Public Order Act.” This means that any political dissent in England is silenced in order to protect the royals, which in itself goes against every principle of democracy.’

There is a peculiar truth to some of Morrissey’s colorful polemic, it’s just often clouded by some overly sensationalist remarks and clumsy vitriol.  But it does create headlines and stir debate, which is ultimately Morrissey’s aim.  Always courting controversy and although he does have a certain point to his argument, it is merely the ‘pot calling the kettle black’ if you ask me!  To say the Queen is just exercising one big PR campaign is laughably contradicting, as this is precisely what Morrissey is doing with this article. Always shooting his mouth off when there are tour dates to sell or a new album to promote.  The acerbic tongue of the skilful salesman is one of the best in the business and he is fully aware of his actions.

The Gallagher boys are his only true rivals when it comes to headline grabbing with this type of diatribe mugging!  


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