Richard Madeley vs Morrissey: let the clash of the titans begin

Richard and JudyThere are some fights that are impossible to resist: Tyson vs Holyfield, Gracie vs Shamrock, Daleks vs Cybermen. They’re compulsive and compulsory.

There are some that aren’t, though.

How about this fight between Richard Madeley and Morrissey, as highlighted in today’s Independent?

Dedicated vegan Morrissey castigated an audience in Oxford last month over the University’s construction of an animal testing laboratory.

“Make no mistake,” he said, “for anyone working in the labs, we are going to get you.”

Days later, the responsible Madeley used his newspaper column to have a dig at Morrissey, second right, labelling him a “puffed-up prat” and “vainglorious strutting humbug”.

And that, it seemed, was that. But Madeley’s remarks have now finally filtered through to the former Smiths frontman, who has chosen to keep up the feud by posting comments on a fan’s website called

“Thank you to the British television person (I’m not exactly sure what it is he does) Richard Madeley who, at least, made me laugh recently by referring to me as an ‘insufferable puffed-up prat’,” he says.

“This comment may or may not be true, but I think it’s a bit rich coming from a man who actually married his own mother.”

Ooh. Handbags at dawn! Who will draw first blood?