(L-R) Morrissey, Johnny Marr
English guitar legend Johnny Marr recently took to Twitter to vent his dislike for British Prime Minister David Cameron recent admission of liking his former band The Smiths.
"David Cameron, stop saying that you like The Smiths, no you don't. I forbid you to like it," Marr tweeted last Thursday (December 2).
"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."
The Mozzer has long abhorred the unfair treatment of animals and his some of his earliest thoughts on the matter are obvious on The Smiths' 1985 LP, Meat Is Murder. In his lengthy note, he goes a few steps further than Marr in lambasting Cameron's pro-hunting agenda.
"…With fitting grimness I must report that David Cameron hunts and shoots and kills stags – apparently for pleasure," Morrissey added. "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 …I beg you to notice the unbearable dimension of sorrow that David Cameron is attempting to inflict upon British wildlife/freelife (an animal is not 'wild' simply because it is uncaged.)"
Morrissey and Marr back in the day
Morrissey also goes on to slam the British Monarchy, as he has done on numerous occasions over the years, for their lack of love for animal rights. He chides Prince William and his "fiasco" Kate Middleton for their love of hunting, while readdressing The Queen's continuous use of animal fur. In August, he chastised Queen Elizabeth in a letter published in The Times, advising her to forego using real bearskin for her Guards' hats.
Lastly, Morrissey renounced his love of Roxy Music because frontman "Bryan Ferret" (Bryan Ferry) is an "avid hunter". Still such a passionate man, that Morrissey. This is why we at Anglophenia love him madly.
Here's a little "Barbarism Begins at Home" from the band's epic 1985 album, Meat Is Murder.