Johnny Morrissey was runner-up.
Which is, along with ‘sixteen clumsy and shy’, the story of his life. Always running-up, never quite arriving.
All things considered, it’s probably just as well no one took any notice of me and he didn’t win. David Attenborough’s acceptance speech made me realise – after I woke up – how wrong it would have been for Morrissey to have been handed such a gong. It would have meant it was all over – that he now belonged to everyone and no-one. That bearded unnaturalist Bill Oddie’s anti-Mozza outburst was worth a thousand such popularity awards.
The main thing is: he beat McCartney and Bowie into third and fourth place.
Moz is now officially Britain’s Greatest Living Cultural Icon That Isn’t a TV Presenter. Britain’s Greatest Living Cultural Icon That People Queue Up To See Live. Britain’s Greatest Living Cultural Icon That Doesn’t Perform With Small Furry Animals.
Britain’s Greatest Living Cultural Icon That Actually Is Iconic.