Morrissey responds to ‘former fans’ holding anti-racism protest to coincide with Manchester show

"His agenda, slated as using music to spread peace, could not be any further from the truth."

Morrissey has responded for the first time after it emerged that his ‘former fans’ are set to hold an anti-racism party in Manchester on the same night that the singer will perform in the city.

The party is organised by journalist Dave Haslam and will see Morrissey’s critics protesting against his recent comments about EDL founder Tommy Robinson, who was jailed for 13 months.

Posting on Facebook, Morrissey’s management hit out at Haslam – describing him as a “has-been”.

“That has-been Haslam character was never a Morrissey fan”, said a statement on the singer’s behalf.

“And his agenda, slated as using music to spread peace, could not be any further from the truth.

“He is simply using the situation to gain some much needed attention to himself. Apparently his golden years have not been kind. If he really wanted to make a political statement he would make one about the politicians.

“But no, that is not what he wants here. He is using this platform for his own agenda. At the end of the day, bullshit is still bullshit.”

Haslam has organised the protests to coincide with Morrissey’s shows at the Castlefield Bowl on 7 & 8 July.

It follows a controversial interview that saw Morrissey defending Tommy Robinson and endorsing far-right political leader Anne Marie Waters.

“It’s very obvious that Labour or the Tories do not believe in free speech … I mean, look at the shocking treatment of Tommy Robinson,” Morrissey told blogging site Tremr earlier this month.

“I have been following a new party called For Britain which is led by Anne Marie Waters,” he added. “It is the first time in my life that I will vote for a political party. Finally I have hope.”

Responding to the latest correspondence, Haslam wrote on Twitter: “Absolute result! Morrissey’s management team issue a statement name-calling me – they are clearly rattled by the ‘Love Music Hate Racism’ event coinciding with his gig in Manchester on July 8th, this is the best turn of events ever #VivaLove.”