Johnny Marr urges UK election voters: ‘Get rid of this lot on Thursday’

The former Smiths guitarist says he wants 'anyone except Farage' to replace the current government

Johnny Marr has spoken out about the upcoming UK general election, urging voters to oust the current Conservative and Lib Dem coalition.

The British public go to the polls on Thursday (May 7), with Marr writing on Twitter, “Do people have the power ? Get rid of this lot on Thursday. #Fightback”. He later added that he wants an “alternative to this government” which would include “Anyone, except [UK leader, Nigel] Farage”. See the tweet in question below.

Tory leader David Cameron previously publicly declared his love for The Smiths, which led Marr to later tweet: “”David Cameron, stop saying that you like The Smiths, no you don’t. I forbid you to like it.”

Meanwhile, artists and bands including Muse, Savages, Noel Gallagher, Emmy The Great and Young Fathers have spoken about their political perspectives in this week’s issue of NME, available digitally and on newsstands now.


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Marr recently discussed the possibility of working with Paul Weller, following their recent onstage team-up in London. The two guitarists performed together at a Teenage Cancer Trust gig at the Royal Albert Hall on March 27. Introducing the former Smiths guitarist, Weller said, “Would you please welcome back to the stage Johnny Marr. This will be either be fucking great or a disaster.”

Speaking to NME recently, former Jam frontman Weller said, “We’ve talked about working together for a long time,” with Marr adding, “We’d love to do it. We’ll do a single together at some point, definitely.”