Morrissey has spoken out in support of Johnny Marr who reacted with anger last week when he discovered that David Cameron claims to like The Smiths.

On his website, Morrissey stuck up for his former Smiths bandmate Marr and used the opportunity to slam Cameron for hunting stags.

“I would like to, if I may, offer support to Johnny Marr who has spoken out to the media this week against David Cameron,” he wrote.

“To those who have expressed concern over Johnny’s words in view of the fact that David Cameron has pledged immense allegiance to the music of the Smiths, I would like to try to explain why I think Johnny is right not to be flattered.

“It is true that music is a universal language – the ONLY universal language, and belongs to all, one way or another. However, with fitting grimness I must report that David Cameron hunts and shoots and kills stags – apparently for pleasure. It was not for such people that either ‘Meat Is Murder’ or ‘The Queen is Dead’ were recorded; in fact, they were made as a reaction against such violence.”

Morrissey’s comments follow from Marr’s tweet attack on the prime minister, which read:

“David Cameron, stop saying that you like The Smiths, no you don’t. I forbid you to like it.”

Meanwhile, Marr seemed to realise that things were getting a bit serious and Tweeted:

“I see the recession has affected some people’s sense of humour.”

And “Nick Clegg, hand over your iPod…”