Morrissey praised and criticised over For Britain party badge

The singer was pictured wearing the badge as he left a theatre in New York

Friday, May 10, 2019

Morrissey has been criticised and praised for wearing a For Britain party badge.

The former Smiths frontman was snapped as he left the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York and the picture posted on social media.

Responding to the picture, DJ Dave Haslam tweeted: “My former friend sporting a For Britain badge, a party violently anti-Islam, filled with ex-BNP & ex-EDL, pro-privatisation, far right & prone to exploiting tragedies to disseminate divisive anti-immigrant rhetoric online."

Referring to lyrics from the Smiths song I Know It’s Over, he added: “What happened to ‘It takes guts to be gentle and kind’?”

For Britain describes itself as a “positive, pro-British, pro-democracy party, which believes in preserving the culture and values of the decent British majority”.

For Britain leader Ann Marie Waters (second left) and activist Lucy Brown (right)

Founder Anne Marie Waters told talkRADIO the party was “delighted” to have the singer’s backing.

“We’re very proud to have Morrissey’s support,” she said. “He is a keen lover of our country, our heritage and culture, and the working folk who keep this nation running.

“He’s also passionate about animal welfare and realises that we are too. We are not bandwagon-jumpers, he knows we are the 'real deal' and is putting his trust in us.

“Others will do so too when it becomes clear that the mainstream press and politicians have been lying to them; something they do to prevent real political opposition upsetting the status quo.”

Political commentator and independent journalist Lucy Brown said: "I think Morrissey is very brave for sticking his head above the parapet. Anne Marie has been trying to address difficult issues for years, only to be brushed off by her peers and vilified by far-left think tanks and people who don’t care to listen to what she’s actually saying.

"She’s an amazing woman and a credit to politics, and I am proud to support her.”

However, animal welfare group Canada Goose Pressure Group, which campaigns against the use of fur in clothing, described Morrissey’s politics as “absolute garbage,” adding there was no room for his “anti-immigration, anti-Islam” sympathising.

The singer praised For Britain in 2018 declaring it was the only party that “can safeguard our security”.

“I despise fascism,” he said. “I would do anything for my Muslim friends, and I know they would do anything for me.

“In view of this, there is only one British political party that can safeguard our security. That party is For Britain.

“Please give them a chance. Listen to them. Do not be influenced by the tyrannies of the MSM (mainstream media) who will tell you that For Britain are racist or fascist – please believe me, they are the very opposite!!!”

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