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article imageMayor Morrissey? Singer to decide

By Tim Sandle     Mar 8, 2016 in Politics
London - Singer-songwriter Morrissey is toying with the idea of running for Mayor of London for the forthcoming elections, due to be held in May 2016.
This May Conservative party incumbent Boris Johnson steps down after eight years as Mayor of London and sets his sights on wrestling leadership of the Tories from David Cameron (seemingly using the European Union referendum as the springboard for his campaign).
The mayor of London is a relatively new post, in modern politics, with the first election held in 2000 (and won by Ken Livingstone, then as an independent candidate having been expelled by the Labour Party.) Livingstone won again in 2004, this time under the Labour ticket before losing to Johnson in 2008.
This year’s election will most probably be a showdown between Conservative and Labour, with other established parties (such as the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party) trailing behind.
Such elections also allow for minor parties to field candidates. This is not with hope of winning, but an opportunity to present a platform. One such organization is the Animal Welfare Party and they could be enlisting Morrissey as their candidate.
Morrissey is a singer and songwriter, associated with the 1980s band The Smiths as well as having a successful solo career. Morrissey is known for his strong views on animal rights and for adopting a vegan lifestyle. For example, the video below shows him singing The Smiths' song Meat Is Murder:
Will Morrissey actually run? A statement on the website True to You — which has semi-official backing from the artist — he “is considering the contest very seriously.”
Furthermore, according to The Guardian, Morrissey has issued a statement indicating: “There must be a governmental voice against the hellish and archaic social injustice allotted to animals in the United Kingdom simply because those animals do not speak English.”
He also added, more proactively: “The abattoir is the modern continuation of the Nazi concentration camp, and if you are a part of the milk-drinking population, then you condone systems of torture.” Late he went onto describe celebrity TV chef Jamie Oliver as an “animal serial killer”.
Morrissey’s missive ends with him saying: “Social justice for animals is not much to demand because we are only asking humans to think rationally and with heart, even if being unable to hunt foxes and shoot birds would leave the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha family with nothing else to do.”
The reference to the Germanic “Saxe-Coburg-Gotha” relates to the former surname of the Windsors, who adopted their current surname to obtain greater appeal to the British in the build-up to World War I. Queen Elizabeth, the most famous Windsor, is the current head of state for the U.K.
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