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Nigel Farage keeping The Smiths apart

By | Published on Thursday 3 November 2016

The Smiths

Mere days ago, we learned that we only narrowly avoided a Smiths reunion back in 2008. Now the question remains, could we come so close to disaster again? Probably not, thanks to opposing views on the result of the UK’s EU Referendum between Morrissey and Johnny Marr.

Last month, Morrissey told Australian magazine Faster Louder that “the result [of the referendum] was magnificent”, and also told that Nigel Farage and George Galloway are “liberal educators”. Meanwhile back in 2013, he told Loaded: “I like Nigel Farage a great deal. His views are quite logical – especially where Europe is concerned”.

Speaking to Marr this week, Sky News asked if this means that he and Morrissey no longer see eye to eye on politics. “Yes, that’s probably right”, he replied. “I always forget about that, it’s stuff I hear second hand and I don’t believe everything I read but if that is the case that he’s pro-Farage, there would be a slight drawback in that, as anyone would imagine”.

So, if you can say one thing for Nigel Farage, it’s that he’s stopped The Smiths from getting back together. Although Marr added that he wasn’t in any mood to reform The Smiths now anyway: “Doing what I’m doing now, it doesn’t feel necessary at all – I really like moving forward. Me and Andy [Rourke] play together when I’m in New York and that is as far as I think it needs to go”.

Which I guess means we can go back to Nigel Farage having no redeeming qualities. Ah well, better luck next time, Nige.