Yes, I think everyone agrees about the tone. He meant it to be derogatory, no question.
Among those who think he chose the word very carefully, there seem to be two main camps. One group thinks he meant it literally, meaning he's a racist. The other thinks he isn't racist but used the word to generate publicity to sell records. Since you think he chose his words carefully, which side do you favor? Or do you think he had another intention behind his word choice, and if so, what would it be?
Not being pushy, I've just been curious to know your opinion.
I am on the side that Morrissey is not racist (but perhaps could use some racial sensitivity courses) and there is a pattern of provocative statements for press right around a record release or tour. What sort of racist would he be with so many fans that are of a racial minority?
I think a better way to address the topic would have been the way he addressed the topic of British Guards wearing real fur hats. He sounded calm and directly addressed a concern. He did not say anything close to 'you can help but think English people are a sub-species', which of couse would have sounded ridiculous.
I appreciate that you expressed your opinion and are open to others.