morrissey might run for mayor of london

London’s Animal Welfare Party has invited the former Smiths frontman to become its candidate.

by Emily Manning
07 March 2016, 5:55pm

Morrissey might want to drop his trousers to the Queen, but to the Mayor? Apparently not. According to a recent post on the True to You platform (a fan site which he often uses as an official sounding board), the former Smiths frontman "has been invited to become the London Mayoral candidate for the Animal Welfare Party in the upcoming 2016 election" if he can get 330 signatures of support. It's an offer he's taking quite seriously.

"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, otherwise millions of very caring citizens are greatly concerned about issues that no one is able to do anything about," begins a lengthy personal statement about the intersections of animal welfare, climate change, and social justice. According to a recent Guardian report, environmental groups have begun mounting pressure on the mayoral candidates to sound off on how they'll make London cleaner. "The meat industry, after all, shows no compassion towards the planet, towards climate change, towards animals, towards human health," Morrissey's statement continues. "It is also the number one issue stifled from any political debate, which, if anything, highlights its importance."

After becoming a vegetarian at age 11, Morrissey has long championed animal rights. (Meat is Murder -- The Smiths' lone #1 album in the UK during the band's lifetime -- arrived in 1985.) Lately, he's been even more gung-ho: leading up to the release of his tenth studio album, World Peace Is None of Your Business, he released a spoken-word video co-starring fellow animal rights activist Pamela Anderson. Last month, a head-scratching saga played out with Supreme when the brand revealed the singer as this season's celebrity collab. After shooting with Terry Richardson, Morrissey attempted to pull the plug on the campaign upon learning "that Supreme were sponsored in part by the beef sandwich pharaoh known as White Castle," he wrote in a True to You statement.

Though his tendencies are loveably eccentric, Morrissey's melancholic lyricism has long spoken to generations who've felt disenfranchised by capitalist political regimes and their effects on social structure. Having the resilient iconoclast in office batting for animal rights and climate protection measures might actually spur some real change. "If you think peace is a common goal," he sang in 1987, "that goes to show how little you know."


Text Emily Manning
Photography by Jake Walters

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