Former Smiths guitarist says the term 'Thatcherism' is "not a word that stands for something good"

Johnny Marr has spoken out about Margaret Thatcher.

Like many other musicians, he has made his feelings about the late Prime Minister clear.

“My thoughts are that if you see the word ‘Thatcherism,’ it’s not a word that stands for something good,” he told Rolling Stone. “I don’t think there’s any getting around that.”

The former Smiths guitarist and NME Godlike Genius said the coverage of Thatcher’s death has been misleading. “I thought that the British government’s statement that she made Britain great again was false and really arrogant because everybody knows, left or right, that Margaret Thatcher didn’t make Britain great,” he said. “If that was the case then why isn’t it? I felt like that was very, very disrespectful to generations of families who have never recovered from her legacy.”

Marr’s comments echo those of his former bandmate Morrissey, who last week issued a statement expressing his views about the former Prime Minister. “Thatcher was not a strong or formidable leader,” he wrote. “She simply did not give a shit about people, and this coarseness has been neatly transformed into bravery by the British press who are attempting to rewrite history in order to protect patriotism.” He added: “In truth, of course, no British politician has ever been more despised by the British people than Margaret Thatcher.”