Fascinating story but it goes against everything we've ever been told about how the Smiths' writing and recording process worked. If you consider the Porter-era songs, there aren't that many songs that do have instrumental sections. ('Girl Afraid' comes to mind as perhaps the only exception to that.) The story would make more sense if it were Stephen Street doing the editing because the later songs do have more instrumental sections in them.
What absolute bollocks. f*** me is this what we are reduced to?