Morrissey, the former front man of The Smiths, one of the most beloved pop songwriters since Lennon/McCartney, hit the headlines this week for a hard hitting attack on the Queen he wrote in Ireland's premiere rock and pop magazine Hot Press.
Queen Elizabeth's long reign is anti-democratic and not unlike that of Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi's, the Manchester born singer with Irish parents wrote.
Morrissey published the article to coincide with the Queen's historic state visit to Ireland.
"The Queen's visit to Ireland is part of a new Palace PR campaign to re-invent the Windsors. The message from The Queen will be the same as ever: who we are born to is more important than what we achieve in life," fumed the legendary singer.
Morrissey then compared the Queen's symbolic role as Head Of State to that of Gaddafi's, writing: "The very existence of The Queen and her now enormous family – all supported by the British taxpayer whether the British taxpayer likes it or not – is entirely against any notion of democracy, and is against freedom of speech. For a broad historical view of what The Queen is and how she "rules", examine Gaddafi or Mubarak, and see if you can spot any difference. You won’t be able to."
For the first time the singer also underlined his own opinion of the country's partition, too: "The Queen also has the power to give back six counties to the Irish people, allowing Ireland to be a nation once again. The fact that she has not done so is Fascism in full flow. What else could it be? Name one other European country that is controlled by its neighbor."
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