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If you’ve been caught up in the romance and pageantry of the Royal Wedding this week, you may find some of the opinions expressed within this news item a little challenging. Try to think of them as a cleansing astringent, or a sorbet to clean the palate. That should help.

The singer Morrissey is not a fan of the royals. This we know from even the briefest listen to the Smiths song “The Queen Is Dead,” or a read of any of his interviews. So it should not come as much of a shock to find out that he won’t be tuning in on Friday morning to see William and Kate tie the knot.

Talking to BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: “Why would I watch the wedding? Why would I watch it? I couldn’t take any of that seriously.”

“I don’t think the so-called Royal Family speak for England now and I don’t think England needs them. I do seriously believe that they are benefit scroungers and nothing else. I don’t believe they serve any purpose whatsoever.”

And he clearly feels he is speaking on behalf of a sizeable constituency: “Go out now and speak to people on the street and they will laugh at you. They really will.”

Depends which street and when, surely?

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By Fraser McAlpine