Billy Bragg: “Morrissey has broken the hearts of a lot of people” - The Big Issue (26 June, 2019)

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"Not one shy to express his own feelings, Bragg said: “I think he’s decided that he wants to betray everything he ever said in The Smiths and he’s broken the hearts of a lot of people.
The Smiths expressed a lot of peoples own sense of disconnect with society and helped them to find their own identity – and he’s totally trashed that. I’m heartbroken for them because I’m a big Smiths fan too. And I’m heartbroken for Johnny Marr because he’s genuine, a lovely guy, and he doesn’t deserve to have his legacy dragged through the dirt.”

In his most recent comments, Morrissey reaffirmed his support for a far-right political party and said more questionable things about race that are not worth repeating here but easy enough to find online if you really want.

Bragg added: “I have no sympathy for him, no respect for him, but I have a lot of sympathy and respect for his audience.”"


https://www.bigissue.com/latest/billy-bragg-morrissey-has-broken-the-hearts-of-a-lot-of-people/


Further to his recent Oswald comment, Mr. Bragg is cited by The Big Issue for saying more on his view of Morrissey's behaviour.
The Big Issue present things ambiguously, so when Billy actually commented is unclear (possibly end of May), but given his previous comments - I doubt he'd say anything different.

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NealCassidy

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reelfountain

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Billy Bragg "broke the hearts" of real socialists when he moved from the multicultural diversity of London to a luxurious multi-million £ country mansion estate in the whitest and richest part of England: Dorset. No diversity for him!

The man is a hypocrite with zero credibility.

Hoe dare he attempt to slag off Morrissey and claim he has "betrayed his fans".

I'm a Morrissey fan and I understand every word of what Moz says about race and immigration. The moneyed elite (that Bragg used to preach against but now has joined) are destroying England. They are flooding it with migrants (and have been for years) who are importing third world violence like mass stabbings and acid attacks. Eight men shot or stabbed dead on London's streets in the last 13 days - a Somalian knifed dead only last night. Three acid attacks the other day - the suspects two men dressed in burkas. And a donkey stabbed in what people believe was a gang initiation. Sick.

The idiot lesbian who runs the Met police said the other day that London is 'safer than New York' as if to somehow comfort people. But when before has London's violence ever reached American levels? This is England, not the US! If we have to compare our city to US cities that have been violent and crime ridden for decades then things are bad indeed.

London has become more violent than ever because of one reason. Unfettered immigration.

This is the society they are engineering.
 
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Billy Bragg has never said that the ruling elite are innocent. He just thinks immigrants are not to blame, and that being racist is idiotic when the 1% are in fact the cause of all the problems today.

And the left has changed? How so? Are you just mimicking what Morrissey says like a parrot, or do you have any actual argument as to why Morrissey is supposedly still left and the left has simply changed? Because it's not. Racism has always been disavowed in the left, and that is the crime Morrissey is perpetuating. No surprise that they'll call him out for his dogwhistles.

Yes the left has changed. Because they will not stand up for the working class. The big corporations love mass immigration because it has driven down wages and turned England into a zero hours contract economy. And working class communities across England are no more. It is a form of ethnic cleansing. And it is the Labour Party that is being investigated for anti-semitism. Or haven't you noticed?
 

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Billy has nothing to brag about, which is why he has to criticize someone who actually has something to say.


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Mayfly

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I know that Billy Bragg liked the Smiths and has always been friends with Johnny Marr, who has played guitar on several of Bragg's tunes. But did Billy Bragg ever like Morrissey? I honestly doubt that.
 
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Eric Hartman

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I don’t know who Billy Bragg is and frankly I don’t care.

I do know one thing, for someone who hasn’t achieved anything noteworthy in the last couple of decades, he’s getting way too much attention.

He truly is the weakest link. Goodbye!
 

general disarray

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Breitbart?? f***'s sake. They invented all this alt-right crap that Moz has been seduced by. If you think the Guardian is unfair in its coverage, those f***ers are a million times worse. I didn't really understand your actual post, but Hope Not Hate is an attitude I can rally behind. To imply Sadiq Khan is to blame for a dead donkey...c'mon, man
Rape not hate
 

Life_Is_A_Pigsty

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Billy Bragg just hasn't moved with the times, it was much more dignified being a leftie in the 80s but in these desperate times it can seem a little embarrassing and out of touch.
 

general disarray

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Billy Bragg has never said that the ruling elite are innocent. He just thinks immigrants are not to blame, and that being racist is idiotic when the 1% are in fact the cause of all the problems today.
1 percent? Tell that to the victims in Huddersfield, Newcastle etc etc
And the left has changed? How so? Are you just mimicking what Morrissey says like a parrot, or do you have any actual argument as to why Morrissey is supposedly still left and the left has simply changed? Because it's not. Racism has always been disavowed in the left, and that is the crime Morrissey is perpetuating. No surprise that they'll call him out for his dogwhistles.
 

ninetimesfined

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Did the Smiths ever set out to be a left-wing political band anyway? I think this is Bragg’s interpretation.
Although I was once stopped in the street by an Oxfam charity mugger in the street while wearing a QID shirt. When I walked past saying I had no change or whatever excuse I used, she implied that she saw my t-shirt and thought I’d likely donate as a result of my music tastes. So maybe that’s also her interpretation, too.
 

Mayfly

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Did the Smiths ever set out to be a left-wing political band anyway? I think this is Bragg’s interpretation.
Although I was once stopped in the street by an Oxfam charity mugger in the street while wearing a QID shirt. When I walked past saying I had no change or whatever excuse I used, she implied that she saw my t-shirt and thought I’d likely donate as a result of my music tastes. So maybe that’s also her interpretation, too.

I would say that the Smiths were perceived as leeft-wing at the time because they were strongly opposed to Tatcherism. This was a time when you were either Tory or Labour, there was little else. The possibility that you could be against Thatcher and not care about Labour was not on people's mind.
 
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Did the Smiths ever set out to be a left-wing political band anyway? I think this is Bragg’s interpretation.
Although I was once stopped in the street by an Oxfam charity mugger in the street while wearing a QID shirt. When I walked past saying I had no change or whatever excuse I used, she implied that she saw my t-shirt and thought I’d likely donate as a result of my music tastes. So maybe that’s also her interpretation, too.

Yes, the Smiths played a Red Wedge show that explicitly supported the Labour Party, along with Billy Bragg and Paul Weller. They also played the Jobs for a Change festival along with Billy Bragg again and the Pogues.
 
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