Morrissey takes on immigration
Nov. 29, 2007
Morrissey believes immigration has destroyed Britain.
The outspoken former Smiths star claims the country has "lost its identity" and
is paying a price for the mass immigration which has taken place in recent
Morrissey, who now lives in Los Angeles, fumed, "The higher the influx into
Britain, the more the British identity disappears. The price is enormous.
"If you travel to Germany, it's still absolutely Germany. If you travel to
Sweden, it still has a Swedish identity. But travel to Britain and you have no
idea where you are.
"If you walk through Knightsbridge in London on any bland day of the week you
won't hear a single British accent but you'll hear every other accent under the
"Britain is just a distant memory now. It seems to me that our country was
"We have said goodbye to the Britain we once knew."
The 48-year-old singer believes the British government has been irresponsible by
relaxing immigration laws.
He complained in an interview with NME magazine, "You have to be sensible about
things. You can't say, 'Everybody come into my house, sit on my bed, have what
you like, do what you like.' It wouldn't work."
Morrissey also claims "millions" of people are deserting Britain because of
He said, "Millions of
ordinary people are leaving the UK every year because they don't recognize
the place, so what I am saying is not unique. If you travel to Croatia tomorrow
for instance, and walked around Zagreb hearing nothing but Dublin accents, you
would find it shocking."
When confronted over the controversial nature of his comments, Morrissey
insisted, "What I'm saying is not inflammatory. It is a statement of fact."
This is not the first time Morrissey has caused controversy with his outspoken
In 1992, he sparked outrage when supporting ska band Madness during their 'Madstock!'
concert at London's Finsbury Park.
Morrissey took to the stage draped in a Union Jack flag, in front of a vocal
group of far-right National Front supporters in the crowd who had embraced the
flag as their emblem.
He has since come in for criticism for lyrics in his 1988
song 'Bengali In Platforms' from his first solo album 'Viva Hate', which
included the lines "Oh shelve your western plans/ And understand that life is
hard enough when you belong here."