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Johnny Marr: I’ll reform The Smiths if our fan Cameron quits

In an interview with NME, Johnny Marr has said that he will reform the Smiths if the government calls a general election:

“We won’t be reforming this week. Maybe if the government stepped down. If this government stepped down, I’ll reform the band. How’s that? That’s a fair trade, isn’t it? I think the country would be better off, don’t you? I’ll do it if the coalition steps down.”

Cameron’s love for the eighties alternative rockers has made political news before. The Prime Minister was goaded by both Marr and  frontman Morrissey, and Marr forbade Cameron from liking the band.

Heavens knows, Dave will be miserable now.

Cameron cringes over Smiths at PMQs

One for the “PMQs as theatre” category from Kerry McCarthy today, who asked David Cameron which Smiths song students should listen to in the wake of the impending tuition fees vote.

Morrissey – who once railed against Thatcher with the song Margaret on the Guillotine – this week joined former Smiths band mate Johnny Marr to forbid Cameron from liking his favourite group.

While coalition partners burn their idols, it seems Cameron’s idols would rather burn him.

Morrissey joins Marr in attack on David Cameron

After guitarist Johnny Marr’s rebuke of David Cameron’s Smiths fandom, the Prime Minister has now suffered a tongue-lashing from Morrissey himself. In a missive to the True to You fanzine, the writer of Margaret on the Guillotine rails against Tory threats to repeal the Hunting Act.

I would like to, if I may, offer support to Johnny Marr who has spoken out to the media this week against David Cameron. To those who have expressed concern over Johnny’s words in view of the fact that David Cameron has pledged immense allegiance to the music of the Smiths I would like to try to explain why I think Johnny is right not to be flattered.

After a somewhat rambling attack on David Cameron and others, Prince William’s fiancée Kate Middleton is called a “fiasco”, singer Bryan Ferry is cast as “Bryan Ferret” and his pro-hunting son Otis is renamed “Odious Ferry”.  Morrissey concludes:

… by close of this piece I return to the opening issue of David Cameron and I remind him that the world loves a man who loves to listen. But we can’t believe what you say when we know what you do.

Heaven knows Dave is miserable now!

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