Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Morrissey: Iron? No. Barbaric? Yes

Morrissey has attacked Baroness Thatcher after the former prime minister died

Music star Morrissey, a long-time critic of Baroness Thatcher, has berated her as "barbaric" and "without an atom of humanity".

The former Smiths singer has often aired his thoughts about his dislike of the former Prime Minister through song - with tracks such as Margaret On The Guillotine - and in interviews.

And as many found some admirable qualities in her years of political life, Morrissey found no positive achievements in her premiership.

He claimed she was "charged by negativity" and said she "closed" rather than opened the doors for women as the first female PM.

In a statement he said: "Thatcher is remembered as The Iron Lady only because she possessed completely negative traits such as persistent stubbornness and a determined refusal to listen to others.

"Every move she made was charged by negativity; she destroyed the British manufacturing industry, she hated the miners, she hated the arts, she hated the Irish Freedom Fighters and allowed them to die, she hated the English poor and did nothing at all to help them, she hated Greenpeace and environmental protectionists, she was the only European political leader who opposed a ban on the Ivory Trade, she had no wit and no warmth and even her own Cabinet booted her out."

Morrissey, whose first Smiths single Hand In Glove was released a month before Baroness Thatcher won her second term of office as Prime Minister in 1983, was highly critical of her role in the Falklands War.

He said: "She gave the order to blow up The Belgrano even though it was outside of the Malvinas Exclusion Zone - and was sailing AWAY from the islands.

"When the young Argentinean boys aboard The Belgrano had suffered a most appalling and unjust death, Thatcher gave the thumbs up sign for the British press. Iron? No. Barbaric? Yes.

"She hated feminists even though it was largely due to the progression of the women's movement that the British people allowed themselves to accept that a Prime Minister could actually be female. But because of Thatcher, there will never again be another woman in power in British politics, and rather than opening that particular door for other women, she closed it."

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