Morrissey compares Olympic fever to Nazi Germany

Morrissey compares Olympic fever to Nazi Germany
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Former Smiths signer Morrissey compares the atmosphere surrounding the Olympic Games to that of Nazi Germany in 1939.

Former Smiths singer Morrissey has launched a verbal attack on the Olympic Games by comparing the atmosphere surrounding London 2012 to Nazi Germany.

The 53-year-old described the patriotism within the country as "foul" in an open letter to members of his fanclub.

"I am unable to watch the Olympics due to the blustering jingoism that drenches the event," said Morrissey. "Has England ever been quite so foul with patriotism?

"The 'dazzling royals' have, quite naturally, hi-jacked the Olympics for their own empirical needs, and no oppositional voice is allowed in the free press. It is lethal to witness.

"As I recently drove through Greece I noticed repeated graffiti seemingly everywhere on every available wall. In large blue letters it said WAKE UP WAKE UP. It could almost have been written with the British public in mind, because although the spirit of 1939 Germany now pervades throughout media-brand Britain."

Morrissey recently hit out against the London Games during a concert in Manchester, blasting artistic director Danny Boyle for not including any music from The Smiths in the opening ceremony.

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