Morrissey, the former frontman of Manchester band The Smiths, has lashed out at British politicians in the wake of the devastating terror attack on music fans attending Ariana Grande’s concert on Monday night.
The blast killed 22 people – many of which included young children – and injured 59 more after suicide bomber named as Salman Abedi detonated the fatal homemade device in the foyer of the Manchester Arena venue.
Morrisey, who celebrated his 57th birthday on the day of the attack, lashed out at Prime Minister Theresa May, London mayor Sadiq Khan, the Queen and Manchester mayor Andy Burnham in his Facebook post: “Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke. The anger is monumental. For what reason will this ever stop?” he said.
Read the full statement, here:
“Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke. The anger is monumental.
“For what reason will this ever stop?
“Theresa May says such attacks “will not break us”, but her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues. Also, “will not break us” means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies on immigration. The young people of Manchester are already broken – thanks all the same, Theresa. Sadiq Khan says “London is united with Manchester”, but he does not condemn Islamic State – who have claimed responsibility for the bomb. The Queen receives absurd praise for her ‘strong words’ against the attack, yet she does not cancel today’s garden party at Buckingham Palace – for which no criticism is allowed in the Britain of free press. Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says the attack is the work of an “extremist”. An extreme what? An extreme rabbit?
“In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private. Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections.
23 May 2017.”