Morrissey interview in ABC Color (Paraguay)

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The only thing that needs to 'wake up' is your sense of scale and proportion.
Firstly, you ascribe a behaviour and intent behind a singer's choice of where to live. That is utter garbage in a Europe (and world) with freedom of movement. He is not beholding to the tax payers of the UK simply because you feel he should be. Living one place and moving thereafter doesn't mean you are a bad person or cunningly planing tax evasion. He can live where he likes. If you, Mr.Anon, moved to Germany tomorrow, would you send money to the UK to make up for the loss of tax the UK suffered as a result of you moving?
Secondly, your hierarchy of seriousness is skewed.
The Pope, Queen, almost any world leader or religious one etc have wealthy, comfortable lives many times over and above that of a singer.
They have real 'concerns' for the poor yet live incredibly well. That is serious hypocrisy. Moz, in the great scheme of things, is not.
Your venom would be better spent shouting hypocrite at the Vatican window.
Again, now you've labelled him to frame your dislike of him -
so what?
No regards at all,
A very awake - FWD

You seem to be saying that if there are people who are more worthy of criticism than Morrissey, then we should focus our criticisms exclusively on them instead. That's the sort of nonsensical defence I could actually imagine Morrissey coming out with, himself. Apart from being a ridiculous argument, in itself, it is possible to criticise both Morrissey and other people/institutions. But this message-board isn't dedicated to the queen or the pope, or anybody else; it's about Morrissey, inconvenient though that might be.

In 2007, he said of British society, "Everyone is taxed for everything under the guise of saving the planet". He hates paying tax. He moved to Switzerland, just like Phil Collins - someone who is also very right wing and also hates contributing financially to the common good (despite having a hit single written about homelessness). Morrissey professes to love the UK (or England, at least) and he claims to be on the side of the underdogs in society, including, maybe most importantly, the British working class and the poorest within its ranks. He could choose to live here and pay his fair share. He could be here, still living very comfortably, and contribute to these people's collective welfare simultaneously, but he chooses instead to hide away in places like the USA and Switzerland, taking his unearned wealth with him.
 
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I have to agree with what the person is saying about "If you're born working class you will die working class." Although the class system is different in the US, and we try to pretend we are more equal, whereas in Britain it's pretty much accepted by all, growing up in a family that has had the benefits of privilege for generations can't be compared to striking it rich in some way. I look at the British papers online and I know how popular those stories are of those people who won the lottery and then went broke wrecking expensive cars and other stupid things. Morrissey is not upper class, and neither are the more extreme examples like Paul McCartney. His grandchildren might be, him having been knighted and all, and they having gone to the best schools and having connections, but even then the people that are really entrenched in the upper crust are always going to see them as the offspring of a pop star. In the United States the most extreme example of an attempt at social climbing that I can think of is Kanye West. Kanye West could make billions in his lifetime and he is never going to be accepted by people who were born into a family that has been worth billions forever. Morrissey is not nearly wealthy enough to be accepted into those circles, and even if he was much wealthier, he is a pop star. To really be upper class your family has to have been wealthy for generations. I was really shocked when that Rothschild heir married Paris Hilton's sister recently, and in a public way. That is very out of character. I guess when your family is worth trillions and owns banks all over the world, your status is secure.
One thing I think the US and Britain might have in common to some degree is that the middle class strive to be considered upper class, and support the system because they hope that with hard work, talent, and luck they may somehow make the leap. In the US it's more about the rich and the poor. Almost no one would call themselves working class here. People who barely get buy from paycheck to paycheck and owe on everything they've got still consider themselves middle class. The school system is different, and most go to public schools, although the schools are different depending on the neighborhood of course. I think the class system is more blatant in Britain, and there is just no way for Morrissey to ever be other than working class no matter how much he spends on his shirts, or how many homes he may own.

why the public school system is still funded by property tax just destroys my mind
 

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