Morrissey has reiterated his feelings about the late Margaret Thatcher, saying that he thinks her funeral is an insult to “her victims” while also criticising media coverage of her life and work.
Morrissey previously said that “Margaret Thatcher didn’t give a shit about people” following her death on April 8 and posted a lengthy statement about it on fansite True To You on Monday (April 15). Now in a new post titled ‘Surely How I Feel Is Nothing?’, the singer tackles the way in which newspapers have reported on Thatcher’s leadership with Morrissey claiming that the BBC are “reporting not on how things actually are on British streets, but on how they would prefer things to be”.
An excerpt from the statement reads: “I have listened and I have seen a lack of truth that we had dared not believe existed in modern Britain. Margaret Thatcher has left the order of the world, and she is not to blame for the reports of her own death – reports so dangerously biased and full of intolerant menace that we now wonder how we can possibly believe anything that has ever been recorded in British history books.”
He added: “The coverage by the British media of Thatcher’s death has been exclusively absorbed in Thatcher’s canonisation to such a censorial degree that we suddenly see the modern British establishment as an uncivilised entity of delusion, giving the cold shoulder to truth, and offering indescribable disgust to anyone unimpressed by Thatcher. Even to contest Thatcher’s worth is termed ‘anarchist’, and this source of insanity – intolerant of debate – is spearheaded by the BBC reporting not on how things actually are on British streets, but on how they would prefer things to be. For those of us who survived despite Thatcherism, and who recall Thatcher as a living hell, The Daily Mail and The Guardian have a steadfast message for us: You are nothing.”
Moving on to Thatcher’s funeral, which takes place today (April 17), Morrissey continues: “Our thoughts are further burdened by the taunting extravagance of Thatcher’s funeral; the ceremonial lavish, the military salute, stripping Thatcher’s victims of everything, and rubbing salt in wounds with teasing relish.”
Elsewhere in the statement, Morrissey criticises David Cameron and states that the BBC are hypocrites for reporting on the Pussy Riot story in 2012 and then refusing to play “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead” on its chart show.
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