Morrissey has branded Covid-19 as ‘Con-vid’ and compared society during the pandemic to ‘slavery’.

In a new interview, entitled Turning The Inside Out, with his nephew Sam Esty Rayner published on the singer’s official website, the former Smiths frontman said, "The bigger problem is that nobody can any longer agree with anyone else, and this is the main outcome of Con-vid.

"It has brought the worst out in people, and we weren’t ever in this together.

Morrissey was recently satirised on The Simpsons

He added, "We are deprived of seeing and hearing other people, and above all, you want to be with others who see and hear what you see and hear, because this is basic oxygen for the human soul. Take it away and people are dead."

Morrissey, who has come under sustained fire for his views over the past few years, also described current restrictions to fight the virus as a form of slavery.

"And more people are now forced into poverty which is another form of slavery, as is tax and Council Tax and all the other ways in which we are pinned down and tracked," he said.

"Our present freedom is restricted to visiting supermarkets and buying sofas."

In the interview he went on to compare the UK government to Chinese emperors, saying they will "`allow you to live as we do if you behave yourself.'"

Morrissey was reccently satirised for his strong views by The Simpsons but he says he is not afraid of a backlash for his views, saying "you can’t cancel someone who has always been cancelled.

"When did you last see me on television, or hear me on the radio? I unintentionally invented the condition of being cancelled!"’

Morrissey is among a number of music stars who have expressed strident views on the pandemic, including Van Morrison, Noel Gallagher, Right Said Fred, and Eric Clapton.