Ended up doing the Sky papers review yesterday night. The cover-trailed two-page splash on Morrissey in the Independent was not on the list of topics debated though. It was deemed too controversial particularly as the story involves legal proceedings. Question Time on Thursday were not so shy – the relevant reference occurs at 47.45, amusing to see Dimbleby pronouncing “Morrissey” in RP tones but other panellists talk in general terms in a “the interesting thing about this” way before making general comments unrelated to the question.
He now has his own right of reply via Comment is Free. Significantly it includes the clear statement “Racism is beyond common sense and I believe it has no place in our society”- what anti-racists have been waiting for for a long time. He is also at pains to come out as a signatory to the “love music hate racism” tour.
He further attempts to redeem himself by enthusing about middle eastern and black heroes and explains Bengali in Platforms as applying to a particular case-study and therefore not generalisable. The phease “the gates are flooded” was unfortunate but had other excerpts eg the DeMenezes comment been trailed on the cover, the NME could have created a completely different impression. His recognition that immigration cannot be untrammelled has been a staple of post war consensus politics from both parties in government.
The main bulk of the article is a swingeing attack on the NME which I have to agree with. As a tea-totaller I liked the bit about how the mag “doesn’t understand how the relentless stream of “cheers mate, got pissed last night, ha ha” interviews that clutter every single issue of the ‘new’ NME are simply not interesting to those of us who have no trouble standing upright.” My sources tell me that the NME is to issue an apology.
Morrissey’s post is a bit on the long side to be a blogpiece but apart from that displays the colourful phraseology that got him into trouble in the first place. Perhaps Moz needs a whole book to fill? Not sure he is eligible for the Labour Blogger of the Year award (nominations close Friday) or would be at home with the others on the Independent Top of the Blogs but good to hear from the man himself after all the surrounding hype.