We all know already that it doesn’t sit very well with Morrissey that there is a royal family in his country, but we are still picking up his new attacks on the royal family. This time the target is Queen Elizabeth II, who has been celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, that is to say, the 60th anniversary of her crowning. On the unofficial website “True To You” (we call it that because it’s the main platform that the former member of The Smiths uses to communicate with his fans), the singer hung the following statement on Sunday:
The soul is tried all over again as the jackboot of dictatorship strangles England. This week, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee presents a new lesson in the force of tyranny, and is an expression of loathing and abhorrence of the British poor - and all done, quite naturally, at the public's expense! It is degrading to anyone of intelligence. While dictatorships throughout the Middle East are gently condemned by the British government, there is no examination of the extremism enforced by the British 'royals', who remain the most overpaid and most utterly useless people on the planet. Having done nothing to earn our respect, they demand everything by return. It is a cunning and extravagant form of benefit fraud. I should mention that I am frequently asked to appear on BBC television's Question Time to air my views. But is it possible to engage with the British media and not be carved-up? I doubt it.