Morrissey Condemns British Politicians Over Manchester Bombing: "For What Reason Will This Ever Stop?"
"How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections."
British singer Morrissey is criticizing officials over their responses to the Monday night's terror attack in Manchester, England, that killed 22 and injured 59 following an Ariana Grande concert.
The former Smiths frontman who grew up in Manchester was celebrating his 58th birthday when the horrific event took place at Manchester Arena and in a letter posted to his Facebook on Tuesday, he slammed Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Theresa May, London mayor Sadiq Khan and others.
"The anger is monumental," he wrote. "For what reason will this ever stop?"
Morrissey quoted May's statement that these such attacks "will not break us" before accusing her of living in a "bullet-proof bubble" and saying "she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues."
"'Will not break us' means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies on immigration," he wrote. "The young people of Manchester are already broken — thanks all the same, Theresa."
As for the Queen, Morrissey called the praise she received responding to the attack "absurd" and noted that she did not cancel Tuesday's garden party at Buckingham Palace, "for which no criticism is allowed in the Britain of free press."
Morrissey went on to criticize Khan for not condemning the Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility for the bombing, as well as Manchester mayor Andy Burnham for not stating what kind of "extremist" carried out the attack.
"In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private," he concluded. "Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections."
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A version of this article originally appeared on BIllboard.com.