Marr has called the so-called Northern Powerhouse "thick" and "patronising". Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty
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Johnny Marr calls the Tory "Northern Powerhouse" thick and patronising

The Smiths guitarist and perennial Tory-botherer has tweeted his disapproval.

It's the moment we've all been waiting for: Johnny Marr has given his thoughts on the so-called "Northern Powerhouse" and - surprise - he's not a fan.

The Mancunian guitarist asked if Cameron and Osborne "actually think that people in the north are ok with the term" and accused it of being "patronising and thick".

The remark follows a previous attempt to ban David Cameron from liking The Smiths:

The Newstatesman.com's in-house token Northerner has voiced general support for Marr, although notes that the term is quite good for mocking one's partner next time he attempts DIY.

I'm a mole, innit.

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SRSLY #86: Beauty and the Beast / Missing Richard Simmons / The Night Of

On the pop culture podcast this week: Disney’s live action remake of Beauty and the Beast, the ethically dubious podcast Missing Richard Simmons and HBO crime drama The Night Of.

This is SRSLY, the pop culture podcast from the New Statesman. Here, you can find links to all the things we talk about in the show as well as a bit more detail about who we are and where else you can find us online.

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SRSLY is hosted by Caroline Crampton and Anna Leszkiewicz, the NS’s assistant editor and editorial assistant. We’re on Twitter as @c_crampton and @annaleszkie, where between us we post a heady mixture of Serious Journalism, excellent gifs and regularly ask questions J K Rowling needs to answer.

The Links

Beauty and the Beast

The trailer.

Anna’s pieces on the gay storyline and what’s changed from the animated version.

Missing Richard Simmons

The podcast.

Is it ethical?

The Night Of

The trailer.

For next time:

Caroline is playing the mobile game Prune.

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See you next week!

PS If you missed #85, check it out here.