Morrissey live in Manchester 2012 : photo Hayley Taylor
Morrissey live in Manchester 2012 : photo Hayley Taylor
Morrissey live in Manchester 2012 : photo Hayley Taylor
Morrissey live in Manchester 2012 : photo Hayley Taylor

Morrissey, in a thank you statement to fans after his recent successful world tour, has made the following statement on the Olympics…

‘…And, yet! I am unable to watch the Olympics due to the blustering jingoism that drenches the event. Has England ever been quite so foul with patriotism? The “dazzling royals” have, quite naturally, hi-jacked the Olympics for their own empirical needs, and no oppositional voice is allowed in the free press. It is lethal to witness. As London is suddenly promoted as a super-wealth brand, the England outside London shivers beneath cutbacks, tight circumstances and economic disasters. Meanwhile the British media present 24-hour coverage of the “dazzling royals”, laughing as they lavishly spend, as if such coverage is certain to make British society feel fully whole. In 2012, the British public is evidently assumed to be undersized pigmies, scarcely able to formulate thought.
As I recently drove through Greece I noticed repeated graffiti seemingly everywhere on every available wall. In large blue letters it said WAKE UP WAKE UP. It could almost have been written with the British public in mind, because although the spirit of 1939 Germany now pervades throughout media-brand Britain, the 2013 grotesque inevitability of Lord and Lady Beckham (with Sir Jamie Horrible close at heel) is, believe me, a fate worse than life. WAKE UP WAKE UP….’

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  1. It’s as if he wrote this before the Olympics, back when we all thought this would be how it turned out. I mean, the Royals haven’t even been all that involved, the worst of the corporate schtick is over now the sponsors have agreed to waive their right to tax dodge and actually the ceremony was pretty good and it’s been fairly uplifting.

    Also, nobody has given a shit about the Beckhams in YEARS .

  2. Well said Morrisey, the dream is over, wake up and reject the monarchy, corporate greed and war. love and peace are my weapons.

  3. Sad old git who’s time has passed, i doubt he could have a good time even if he was the person to organise it. His words mean nothing now, he gets air-time because he had a few hits in the early 80’s. “opposition not allowed free press” Well he is getting his voice heard, it’s just no one really cares what you are saying.

  4. I’m quite, quite sure that had Danny Boyle included many Union Jack waving skinheads in his opening ceremony, the bard of Stretford would have been applauding the spectacle.

    I’ve been a fan of The Smiths for almost 30 years. I’ve never been a fan of Morrissey.

    Regurgitating Shelagh Delaney and Gore Vidal quotes doesn’t make you insightful, in much the same was that being wrong doesn’t bestow you with the gift of prescience.

  5. Completely agree Sean. Gave up on Morrissey a long time ago. The Smiths will always be one of my favourite bands but his viewpoints which he forces upon us….well he can fuck off frankly.

    And I know his speech about being recognised by Manchester council chiefs was tongue in cheek but for someone who hasn’t stayed here for a long time and often criticises the city….well he can fuck off once again.

  6. Sorry Moz, you’re way off beam here. Despite my initial sceptism, the sheer joy given by these athletes is something money can’t buy and seems to be leading to a re-evaluation of young peoples role models in this country.

    Olympics are superb!

    • I’m not scared of anything. I just happen to disagree with him, quite strongly.Some people just feel the need to go against the grain for the sake of it. I am loving the Olympics, it really is a celebration of where hard work and dedication can get you.

      AND Saturday night was a true celebration of Britian and why it is such a brilliant country. Not ‘God Save The Queen’ but a Somali Refugee, a mixed race lass from Yorkshire (peace be upon it) and a ginger (!!!) winning gold medals and showing the BNP types that this is what we love, not their bullshit.

  7. Moz is a BIG hero of mine. Along with Paul Weller he shaped this older man’s political and social thinking as a much younger man. I too was utterly cynical about the Olympics …as I have been about the jubilee. But these days I am a man with two young children and yes I want them to grow as rounded individuals who see social injustice and reach out across every divide and live happy fulfilled lives … but I don’t ever expect them to do anything other than ‘Make Fun Of Daddy’s Voice”. But to see the joy they’ve experienced watching the Games and as someone above has said … taking on board more worthy role models in these great athletes … well, I’m sorry Stephen Patrick, but for once (or maybe twice?) you are dead wrong here. This rant reads like (your usual) inverted snobbery and almost like inverted jingoism (if there can be such a thing?). And as for ranting on about the Royals (i’m no royalist myself) spend spend spending whilst the poorer end of the UK populace suffer … says the man whose wealth was / is so great the courts awarded his Smithsonian collaborators millions in a fairer slice of the gluten free, vegan cake??? Come on old bean … calm down. You’re still a hero to me but sometimes … y’know??? Just allow ‘your’ people to have at least SOMETHING to hang their hopes on. I have never roared so much as when Mo Farrah ran to victory … or Jessica Ennis … blah blah. You get the picture, I’m sure. Love n happiness x

  8. Made some valid points. The Olympics ‘feel’ London not Britain to me and the whole thing is like a never-ending showbiz event. I wish the athletes well but to be honest I’m more bothered about that clown Boris using the whole thing in his quest to be the next PM.

  9. Is this the same Morrissey who took a bit of shit a few years ago for wrapping himself in a union Jack…..some people would have desribed that as “foul Patrionism” but there never seemed to be any statement forthcoming from the defendent……


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