Friday, 30 November 2007

Morrissey complains that immigration has led to the loss of Britain's identity

Morrissey, the former Smiths singer, has sparked controversy by claiming British identity has disappeared because the country has been “flooded” by immigrants.

The pop star, originally from Manchester, suggested that immigration was one of the reasons he would not move from his American home back to Britain.

Morrissey, 48, who has spent most of the last decade living in LA and Rome, told music magazine NME that countries like Germany still had their own identity and complained of not hearing “British accents” on the streets of Britain.

Asked whether he would move back to the UK, Morrissey, the son of Irish immigrants, said: “Britain’s a terribly negative place. And it hammers people down and it pulls you back and it prevents you.

“Also, with the issue of immigration, it’s very difficult because, although I don’t have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears.

“So the price is enormous. If you travel to Germany, it’s still absolutely Germany. If you travel to Sweden, it still has a Swedish identity. But travel to England and you have no idea where you are.” Read more
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