Like millions of Manchester natives, alt-rock legend Morrissey is horrified and outraged by Monday’s devastating terrorist attack during an Ariana Grande concert in the northern England city that left 22 people dead and dozens injured. So the “Suedehead” singer posted an angry message to his Facebook page denouncing the attack – but he directed the bulk of his outrage at the British political establishment and, apparently, immigration policies he considers to be far too lax.
“Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke. The anger is monumental. For what reason will this ever stop?” said Morrissey, who grew up in Stretford and turned 58 on Monday.
Singling out Prime Minister Theresa May, Morrissey blasted the Tory leader for living “in a bullet-proof bubble,” and because “she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues.”
“Also,” he continued, “‘will not break us’ means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies on immigration. The young people of Manchester are already broken – thanks all the same, Theresa.”
The former lead singer of The Smiths then turned his attention to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who is notably the first Muslim and the first member of an ethnic minority to hold that office. “Sadiq Khan says ‘London is united with Manchester’, but he does not condemn Islamic State — who have claimed responsibility for the bomb.”
Morrissey then blasted Queen Elizabeth II, a frequent target. “The Queen receives absurd praise for her ‘strong words’ against the attack, yet she does not cancel today’s garden party at Buckingham Palace — for which no criticism is allowed in the Britain of free press.”
It’s interesting to note that The Smiths had hit song (written by guitarist Johnny Marr) and album titled “The Queen Is Dead” in 1985, so this is far from the first time Morrissey has shared his thoughts on the British monarchy.
Finally on Wednesday, he slammed the Mayor of Manchester. “[M]ayor Andy Burnham says the attack is the work of an “extremist.” An extreme what? An extreme rabbit?”
Read the full rant below.