“Irish Blood, English heart, this I’m made of…There is no one on earth I’m afraid of…And no regime can buy or sell me…” -Morrissey
Independent thinkers are not rare. People who are in the public eye, who actually think about things in unconventional ways and dare to speak plainly are exceedingly rare. Morrissey is one of these rare public figures.
He speaks his mind, says what many people are thinking, and challenges the accepted line. As such he’s been pilloried in the British press of late. He has dared defend Brexit, and called the mayor of London, Sadik Kahn, out for enabling the violence rocking the city right now. He has dared defend Britishness as a Brit. What a crime!
He is also a radical animal rights activist and has been for decades. So this weirds some folks out in other ways.
As far as I have seen, and I consider myself a fan of his music, he speaks as a free man. It’s nice to hear from the occasional public figure who doesn’t fear the political correctness brigades and refuses to be hemmed in by conventional thinking. It’s like a ray of sunlight flashing on the surface of pop culture. Of course don’t be anything less than a superstar and think you’re going to get away with this. At least not right now.
Attached is an interview he recently did and it is an interesting read even for those who have never heard Morrissey sing a word.
JOHN: You have been accused of supporting Brexit by the press. Why are they so concerned, do you think?
MORRISSEY: Accused is the correct word! It isn’t possible to be congratulated for supporting Brexit, is it? That should tell you all you need to know about the outstanding lack of neutrality within the British press. It’s all a pointless argument anyway because, as you’ve surely noticed, Brexit did not happen. The EUwouldn’t allow it to happen. It is now a dead issue. The people said Leave but the EU said no. People wanted to leave the EUbecause of the complete erosion of freedom under EU rules, and the fair-minded majority now see in even more frightening ways how very much they are hated by the EU, not to mention the British political elite. How England is today is a country that is not leaving the EU. Hungary, Italy, Finland and Poland will leave before the UK is allowed to. A second referendum is muttered about but people don’t realize how a second referendum will see an ever higher percentage of people voting Leave. What then? A third referendum?