Billy Bragg has released a detailed essay condemning Morrissey and his political stance following another turn in his controversial political stance.
While Morrissey’s political stance has been quietly discussed for decades, his recent decision to publicly support far-right political movement ‘For Britain’ has edged pushed fans of The Smiths into the abyss. The ‘For Britain Movement’ is a political group—often described as extremist—founded by the anti-Islam activist Anne Marie Waters after she was defeated in the 2017 UKIP leadership. Morrissey was asked outright if he supported the party to which he answered in no uncertain terms: “Absolutely, yes.”
This clear position comes after months of flirting around the conversation. After wearing the badge of For Britain while performing live on US television, defending the likes of Tommy Robinson, suggested that Hitler was left-wing and hitting out at London mayor Sadiq Kahn in a slur about his speech, Morrissey has been letting his feelings known to full effect.
While his recent comment about “everyone preferring their own race” was met with fury by fans that have previously stood by him in their admiration for his art. However, a latest decision to link himself to a “white supremacist” video has caught the attention of Billy Bragg who has condemned the clip.
In post which was labeled: “Nothing But Blue Skies For Stormzy… the gallows for Morrissey” on Morrissey’s official website, a video was included which seemingly discredit’s the grime artist’s momentous headline performance at Glastonbury Festival and includes homophobic and racist comments by the videos author.
Bragg, who spotted the inclusion of the nine-minute clip, questioned Morrissey’s decision to support the video and condemned his political stance and his inability to responded to critics who challenge him on those views.
You can see Bragg’s full statement below, along with the video in question.