Show Hide image Music & Theatre 9 July 2015 Johnny Marr calls the Tory "Northern Powerhouse" thick and patronising The Smiths guitarist and perennial Tory-botherer has tweeted his disapproval. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML 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". Do Cameron & Osborne actually think that people in the north are ok with the term "Northern Powerhouse ?". Patronising and thick or what ? — Johnny Marr (@Johnny_Marr) July 8, 2015 The remark follows a previous attempt to ban David Cameron from liking The Smiths: David Cameron, stop saying that you like The Smiths, no you don't. I forbid you to like it. — Johnny Marr (@Johnny_Marr) December 2, 2010 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. › The NS Podcast #103: Budgets and Reddit I'm a mole, innit. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Kate Mossman on extreme pop tourism: who would fly 5,000 miles for a gig? Crowd-sourced pop singer Hatsune Miku reveals the true nature of stardom Chuck Berry 1926-2017: "The only true king of rock'n'roll"