Morrissey has posted a lengthy statement online, condemning the British establishment and praising Russell Brand.
Dogged by ill health and simple bad luck, Morrissey could have been forgiven for simply writing off 2013. Instead, the iconic songwriter has ended the year on a high with the widely acclaimed publication of his 'Autobiography'.
Seeming to remind the world of his erudite wit and ability to really get to the heart of the matter, it arrived packed with subtle vignettes and ready-made headlines.
Not content to let his pen lie, Morrissey has just posted a lengthy statement on True To You. Opening with ruminations on why American TV presenter Melissa Bachman took part in a lion hunt, the missive quickly turns towards Britain - and British rulers.
"This comes in the same week that Princess Anne condones horsemeat consumption - since she is evidently not content with eating pigs, sheep, cows, birds and fish" he wrote. "Although her slackwitted view is reported with mild surprise by the British media, there is no outrage since the crassness and international duncery of the British so-called 'royal family' remains the great unsaid in British print. It is spoken of, of course, but it is not allowed to go further than that. Why does Anne approve of slaughter of any kind? Has she ever been inside an abattoir? Does she actually know what she's talking about?"
Later, Morrissey added: "The right to kill animals is endorsed by Prime Minister David Cameron who shoots stag whenever he feels a bit bored. In the Queen's Honors List, awards have been bestowed upon musicians Bryan Ferry and PJ Harvey - both of whom allegedly support fox-hunting. There is not one single instance when an animal protectionist has found themselves knighted or applauded by the Queen. That animals are an essential part of our planet (that they are, in fact, the planet) and must be protected, is a shatterbrained concept to the British 'royals'. Historically, we all remember Prince William proudly killing the baby deer, Prince Harry bravely giving the thumbs-up as he pointlessly ended the life of a water-buffalo, the Queen loading her shotgun in readiness to shoot birds out of the sky. How terribly regal. Although the natural idiocy of the British 'royals' is internationally acknowledged, it still doesn't make their behavior any less alarming."
Focussing on the nature of the British royalty and animal rights, the letter ends with Morrissey praising Russell Brand's recent intervention into the country's political landscape.
"Thank you to Russell Brand for standing up and speaking out in recent weeks. Like anyone who speaks out in modern Britain, he has been shot down. Nothing must interfere with the depressive psychosis of modern Britain, which has become a most violent and melancholic country, with no space for measured debate. Like Russell, I believe that the most powerful vote you can give is No Vote; for the days of Prime Ministers have gone, and it's time for a form of change that is far more meaningful than simply switching blue to red."
Ending the statement, Morrissey said: "At what point did the dis-United Kingdom become a cabbagehead nation? Where is the rich intellect of debate? Where is our Maya Angelou, our James Baldwin, our Allen Ginsberg, our Anthony Burgess, our political and social reformers? At what point did the shatterbrained scatterbrains take over - with all leading British politicians suddenly looking like extras from Brideshead Revisited? Although it is clear to assess the Addams Family of SW1X as the utterly useless and embarrassing ambassadors of a sinking England, how can we effect change without being tear-gassed? In the absence of democracy, there is no way".
"I write this without outburst; a staunch non-terrorist, quietly, calmly and composedly, as I mourn the loss of the land."
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