[Marxism] 'Blustering jingoism': Morrissey causes controversy with something not racist. this time

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Tue Aug 7 01:55:59 MDT 2012

Morrissey has a long, long record of headline-generating controversial
statements. In more recent years, these have increasingly leaned to the
decidely racist (Chinese people were "subhumans" due to their treatment of
animals being the worst) --  a sign of the former Smiths singer's constant
downward slide in all spheres.

It wasn't always as bad as that -- times gone past he would generate
outrage with comments such as"the sorrow of Brighton [bombing by the IRA] is
that Thatcher escaped unscathed". And seems every now and then, he still
manages comes out with something no one else will say that actually needed
to be said.


The full text of the letter to members of his True to You fanclub reads:

"I am unable to watch the Olympics due to the blustering jingoism that
drenches the event. Has England ever been quite so foul with patriotism?
The 'dazzling royals' have, quite naturally, hi-jacked the Olympics for
their own empirical needs, and no oppositional voice is allowed in the free
press. It is lethal to witness. As London is suddenly promoted as a
super-wealth brand, the England outside London shivers beneath cutbacks,
tight circumstances and economic disasters. Meanwhile the British media
present 24-hour coverage of the 'dazzling royals', laughing as they
lavishly spend, as if such coverage is certain to make British society feel
fully whole. In 2012, the British public is evidently assumed to be
undersized pigmies, scarcely able to formulate thought.

"As I recently drove through Greece I noticed repeated graffiti seemingly
everywhere on every available wall. In large blue letters it said WAKE UP
WAKE UP. It could almost have been written with the British public in mind,
because although the spirit of 1939 Germany now pervades throughout
media-brand Britain, the 2013 grotesque inevitability of Lord and Lady
Beckham (with Sir Jamie Horrible close at heel) is, believe me, a fate
worse than life. WAKE UP WAKE UP."

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original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

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