Morrissey provokes Falkland Island arguement

The singer Morrissey has continued to provoke in the Falklands row after his band played a concert in Argentina in T-shirts that shouted the words ‘WE HATE WILLIAM AND KATE’ around a wedding photo of the royal couple.

The 52-year-old former Smiths frontman repeated earlier controversial remarks to Argentine fans that the Falkland Islands were theirs.

‘We all know that the Malvinas (Falklands) are Argentina’s,’ he told the crowd of 15,000 in Buenos Aires on Sunday.

Morrissey pleaded with fans not to ‘blame’ the British people ‘because it is the government that decides’.

‘The British government, the governments, never listen to the people, to their pain,’ he said.

Morrissey’s five-strong band appeared alongside a flag of Argentina which took centre stage on their drum kit.

Argentine fans praised the incendiary T-shirts in online forums.

In recent weeks Union Jacks have been burnt outside the British Embassy in Buenos Aires.

Tensions have rocketed in Argentina since Prince William was posted to the Falklands for a six-week RAF flight training operation last month.

The 30th anniversary of the start of the Falklands War, which claimed the lives of 649 Argentine and 255 British servicemen, is on April 2.

Morrissey, currently on tour in South America, is the latest in a line of celebrities to back Argentina’s claim to the Falklands. 

On Thursday he told concertgoers in Cordoba, Argentina, that the Falklands ‘belong to Argentina’.

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters told Chilean channel TVN last week that he thought the Falklands ‘should be Argentine’.

The bass player has since moved to quell anger over his remarks by insisting in a Facebook post that he never said the disputed islands should definitely belong to Argentina.

American actor Sean Penn caused outrage when he made similar comments in Buenos Aires.

Morrissey has had a long career of causing controversy. His 1988 debut solo album featured the track Margaret On The Guillotine, about the execution of Baroness Thatcher.

The singer told a Colombian radio station last week that he was ignored by the British media because of his song material and bragged that he had never been offered a Brit award.

‘This proves that I am important,’ he said.

by Wallace McTavish


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