Morrissey has published a new interview, denying he is racist and reiterating his support for the controversial For Britain party.
The lengthy Q&A was conducted with his nephew Sam Etsy Rayner, someone he has been close to for some time.
The pair discuss a number of issues, ranging from a driving offence in Italy to the Guardian's coverage of Morrissey's recent work.
Of the latter, Morrissey comments: "When you start arguing with The Guardian you feel as if you’re trying to reason with people who are barely toilet-trained. There actually becomes no point."
The central thread of the argument is, of course, Morrissey's support for the For Britain party, whose controversial hard right stance on immigration has made them the subject of much criticism.
Morrissey wore a For Britain pin badge on American television, sparking a video of support from the party's leader Anne Marie Waters.
The political leader has been criticised for her racist views, with Morrissey commenting: "If you call someone racist in modern Britain you are telling them that you have run out of words. You are shutting the debate down and running off. The word is meaningless now. Everyone ultimately prefers their own race … does this make everyone racist?"
He added: "Diversity can’t possibly be a strength if everyone has ideas that will never correspond. If borders are such terrible things then why did they ever exist in the first place? Borders bring order. I can’t see how opposing Halal slaughter makes me racist when I’ve objected to ALL forms of animal slaughter all of my life."
However it wasn't all negativity - Morrissey also took the time to apologise to The Cure's Robert Smith for a music press spat in the 80s.
He commented: "I said some terrible things about him 35 years ago … but I didn’t mean them … I was just being very Grange Hill. It’s great when you can blame everything on Tourette’s syndrome."
Read the full interview HERE.
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