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.
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.