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"David Cameron, stop saying that you like The Smiths, no you don’t. I forbid you to like it."

That was The Smiths’ guitarist, Johnny Marr in 2010, responding to the former PM’s declaration of fandom. These days, you wish Marr would deliver a similar edict to Morrissey, his old bandmate, now firmly established as a supporter of the neo-fascist For Britain movement.

Much of the world, no doubt, struggles to understand the attention the the British press devotes to Morrissey’s ever more bilious public interventions, from sharing racial conspiracy theories about Stormzy to ejecting an anti-racist protester from his gig. But for a certain subsection of a certain generation, The Smiths meant something -- a something increasingly besmirched by the devolution of their former frontman into a belligerent contrarian dressed in a too-tight "Fuck the Guardian" t-shirt.