Morrissey has spoken openly about politics in both the UK and the US in a new interview.
The singer, who releases his first novel List Of The Lost in September, recently made headlines by saying that US President Barack Obama is “probably white inside”. Now, speaking to The Daily Beast, he has taken aim at British Prime Minister David Cameron.
“When the results of the recent UK election came through there was a terrible cloud of uselessness across the country… a question of why we are always stuck with this blocked regime of elitism,” he said. “This is why British people are never happy.”
Morrissey continued, “If David Cameron left British politics tomorrow he would be impossible to recall by the following week. It’s astonishing how someone can represent the entire country while also not meaning anything at all to the populace.”
The former Smiths frontman also expanded on his criticism of Obama, stating, “I can’t see him doing anything at all for the black community except warning them that they must respect the security forces.
“This is ludicrous because the so-called security forces are the Ku Klux Klan to most black Americans. It seems evident to me that black males are being deliberately murdered throughout America as a closing message to Obama, telling him that his presidency has meant nothing and that the division of colour is now bigger than ever.
“Obama doesn’t see this, but if a white cop shot one of his daughters I don’t imagine he’d be willing to accept the exoneration of that white cop.
“The final point about Obama is that he doesn’t look overly African black,” he added. “He’s as close to soft, whiteness as someone who isn’t white could get, and I often wonder if he would have been elected if he had a stronger, more African-black face? It’s a point.”
Morrissey also used the interview to criticise potential Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump (“On the basis of his name alone he can’t be allowed to represent America”) and offer support for Hillary Clinton (“Just to be able to say or hear the words ‘the president, she’ will be a new age of enlightenment for America… even if Margaret Thatcher was so abysmal that she became the first and last female prime minister”).
Meanwhile, Morrissey’s debut novel, List Of The Lost, will be released on September 24. The book’s cover can be seen below.
News of the release date and cover was published on True To You earlier this week (August 26). List Of The Lost will be paperback only and available in the UK, Ireland, Australia, India, New Zealand and South Africa.
The last time he spoke publicly about his novel, in January 2014, Morrissey commented, “I am midway through my novel. I have my hopes. The actuality is that radio stations will not play my music, and the majority of people have lost faith in the music industry, and it’s generally assumed – quite rightly – that the Number One chart positions are ‘bought’ by the major labels, so there really is no passion left in pop or rock music, and I don’t think people believe for an instant that the faces we constantly see on television and in magazines are remotely popular.”