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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.

By Media Mole

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”.

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

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The’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.