Morrissey Pens A Very Critical Letter About Queen Elizabeth, II

"The very existence of the Queen ... is entirely against any notion of democracy"

In “honor” of Queen Elizabeth, II‘s visit to Ireland this week, singer Morrissey published an open letter to HRH that is scathing in criticism about the Queen’s treatment of the Irish and British people. Altho I feel that Moz goes a bit far when he likens Elizabeth to “Gaddafi or Mubarak” (after all, the Mozzer has never been one to shy away from voicing his political beliefs), I think he does make a few good points in his treatise. Read below what Morrissey has to say about the Queen, her family and this visit to Ireland.

The Queen’s visit to Ireland is part of a new Palace PR campaign to re-invent the Windsors. The message from the Queen will be the same as ever: who we are born to is more important than what we achieve in life.

It should be remembered by the Irish people that as recently as the turn of the 1980s the Queen supported Margaret Thatcher by not dismissing Thatcher as she allowed hunger strikers to die at the Maze Prison, most famously Bobby Sands, who was 27 years old. As Sands starved to death in protest at being tagged a ‘criminal’ and not a ‘political prisoner’ by the Thatcher government, the Queen sat in her Palace and said nothing. If the Queen had any human feelings for the Sands family or other hunger strikers then she did not express them.

The full meaning of the Monarchy is, like the Queen herself, a complete mystery to most people. It is protected from any investigations by ridiculous stories of trivia and wedding dresses and on-again-off-again soap-drama romances. The most revealing statement came from Commander Christine Jones of the Metropolitan Police last month, when she warned that any British people carrying anti-royal placards who are “seen in the vicinity of the royal wedding would be removed under the Public Order Act.” This means that any political dissent in England is silenced in order to protect the royals, which in itself goes against every principle of democracy.

The very existence of the Queen and her now enormous family – all supported by the British taxpayer whether the British taxpayer likes it or not – is entirely against any notion of democracy, and is against freedom of speech. For a broad historical view of what the Queen is and how she “rules”, examine Gaddafi or Mubarak, and see if you can spot any difference.

You won’t be able to.

The Queen also has the power to give back the six counties to the Irish people, allowing Ireland to be a nation once again. The fact that she has not done so is Fascism in full flow. What else could it be? Name one other European country that is controlled by its neighbour?

MORRISSEY

May 2011

As I mentioned above, Morrissey has never been one to censor himself when it comes to expressing his strong personal beliefs. Whether you agree with him or not, there is no denying that there is strong animosity between the British monarchy and the members of the United Kingdom who are strongly opposed to the Royal Family’s rule. The people of Ireland have longed for independence for many, many years … do you think very vocal attacks on the Queen will be successful? What do you think of Morrissey‘s letter?

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  1. Katz

    Im Irish and the Queen doesn’t bother me one bit, i welcome her to my country with open arms, she never did anything, it was her ancestors not her and its time for peace now and i believe in England she is more of a tourist attraction and only is ever need to sign off on really important things, she doesn’t directly make the decisions she leaves that to the prime minister, whether people like it or not the Queen does make alot of money for England with the amount of tourists she attracts, o and the English taxpayer only pays 69p a year to the royals!!!

    • Jo

      ‘It was her ancestors not her and its time for peace now’.
      Well said and I could not agree more!

    • Katz

      O and Bobby Sands was a criminal, he was the leader of a TERRORIST organisation and NOT a political prisoner but a CRIMINAL!!! I think Morrissey should keep his mouth shut about things he knows nothing about and clearly doesn’t understand!!! And the counties in Northern Ireland were offered back to Éamon De Valera by Churchill but he said no as he know it would cause great unrest within the country and i still think it would!!!!! And to compare her to Gaddafi and Mubarak..pure stupidity on his part!!

  2. Saz

    Although I agree several points of his letter are valid and interesting, it is laughably over-simplistic to claim that the six counties of Northern Ireland should be ‘given back’ to Ireland. If it was as straightforward as that, it would have happened already.
    Funnily enough a significant number of the people of Northern Ireland do not want to be removed from the United Kingdom (and the political and economical benefits that position brings with it) and find themselves to suddenly become citizens of a bankrupt nation, with high rates of unemployment and a battered economy who only recently received a massive financial bail out courtesy of, the apparent source of all Irish troubles, the United Kingdom.
    I personally think questioning the existence of a monarchy in a modern democratic nation is completely just, but Morrisey’s presumption that all the people of Ireland want to be rejoined with the North, and vice versa is inaccurate and, in my opinion, arrogant.

    • Katz

      exactly!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jaye

      I completely agree with you Saz, a very well put reply.
      I’m English, and although I do not agree with the monarchy, it irritates me that the royal family seem to be being blamed more and more recently for situations such as this.

      Comparing her to Gaddafi, or Mubarak, is just ridiculous, and frankly insensitive to those who have suffered under their rules.

      Blaming the Queen for the death of Bobby Sands is completely far-fetched, to the point of stupidity.

    • Katie

      The bailout of the Irish economy was funded by the IMF, the International Monetary Fund, not the United Kingdom.

    • Rach

      The Irish bail out package came from both the IMF (to which the UK contributes) and also separate bi-lateral loans between Ireland and the UK to the tune of 7 billion..

  3. Katz

    O and Bobby Sands was a criminal, he was the leader of a TERRORIST organisation and NOT a political prisoner but a CRIMINAL!!! I think Morrissey should shut his mouth he knows nothing about!!!

  4. Katz

    O and Bobby Sands was a criminal, he was the leader of a TERRORIST organisation and NOT a political prisoner but a CRIMINAL!!! I think Morrissey should keep his mouth shut about things he knows nothing about and clearly doesn’t understand!!! And the counties in Northern Ireland were offered back to Éamon De Valera by Churchill but he said no as he know it would cause great unrest within the country and i still think it would!!!!!

  5. dyna

    “Name one other European country that is controlled by its neighbour?”

    Scotland is just in the same boat as Ireland…

  6. Global

    To call comparing Queen Elizabeth to Mubarak and Gaddafi going, ‘a bit far’ is laughable understatement.

    Making comments like this only serves to make Morrisey look ridiculous and set back the cause he is trying to support.

  7. Sara

    My boyfriend is from Northern Ireland, and trust me, he does not want the 6 counties relinquished back to Ireland. He thinks Bobby Sands is a criminal because of the crimes he supported, like when his village was destroyed with a car bomb… He’s proud to be British. Morrissey’s letter is very Catholic orientated.

  8. Alys

    When last I checked, Morrissey was neither a political science major from an accredited university, a diplomat, or in any way really qualified to comment upon the position of the monarchy in Ireland. The fact it’s a constitutional monarchy in the lovely UK, where there is a host of limitations on the monarch whose position is largely ceremonial, renders a good portion of his oversimplified rant invalidated.

  9. AmandaPalmina

    The notion of the Queen is the opposite of democracy? Um yes, because it’s a monarchy…. Does he think he’s smart for saying this?

  10. I live in Australia and we are still part of the Commonwealth, which in effect means we are under British rule. The prospect of us being a republic has been tossed around for years…we’ve been to the polls and a resounding NO was returned. However, the Queen has said if we want to break away, then by all means we can. Makes one wonder why she wouldn’t do the same for Ireland…or Scotland for that matter, should those countries really want to.

    • Jaye

      Because they don’t “really want to”.

      Northern Irish people and Scottish people are happy to blame England for everything that goes wrong, and their governments are happy to let them, but the truth is their governements know that they enjoy a very priviledged position being part of the UK, and the political and economic benefits they would lose are just not worth it.

    • SuzieB

      Very well stated Jaye.

      I love Morrissey, but I think sometimes he says the things he says just to be shocking or have a contrary opinion. He always seems to have to take an “alt view”. Slamming the Queen is just plain ignorant, she herself has done nothing wrong, just as @Katz said very well, it was her ancestors, not her.

  11. Tess

    Eh, Jaye, if the Scottish government was happy to keep being controlled by England, do you think the SNP, and Scottish people ourselves by the outcome of the recent election, would be pushing so hard for independence?

    • Jo

      Obviously a huge number of Scots are pro Scottish nationalism, hence the overwhelming popularity of the SNP, but that is not the same as being pro independence from England. While they obviously want greater autonomy and control over their own economy/political arena recent polls have shown less than a third of Scots support total independence and a separation from England.

  12. John

    I agree with Morrissey. There should be no Royal Family in the UK and I am English. The Royals are the hinge pin of the whole establishment in Great Britain which maintains a class system to the benefit of a small minority, a class system that does damage people and have an affect on their lives in a myriad of ways detrimental to a large proportion of the population. Remove the Royals and maybe the entire edifice will start to crumble and we would get a fairer more just system that benefits the majority and not the minority. Saying the Royals only cost 69 p per tax payer is nonsensical when a right wing government is cutting benefits to the disabled and disadvantaged that 69p would keep a lot of community charities going.

  13. mac

    i am from northern ireland and proud to be under the monarchy as is the majority of the population. northern ireland is a seperate country from irland and has been for nearly 100 years now just givin back the 6 counties is like saying give america back to the natives and canada back to the english history is history its how are map is formed. i think this guy just dont no wat hes talkin bout and should read up on who bobby sands reali was and wat the queen and the rest of the monarchy reali does.

  14. Danielle

    Does he really think the Queen actually makes the law and everything else? Parliament has been doing that for many, many years.

    The Queen has nothing to do with any of it.

    Just like she has nothing to do with the laws made here in New Zealand even though we’re a part of the Commonwealth.

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