Pogues tell Laurence Fox to ‘f**k off’ in blistering row over controversial lyrics

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The Pogues have launched a blistering attack on outspoken actor Laurence Fox.

The Anglo-Irish band, who are best known for their hugely popular 1987 Christmas track Fairytale of New York, told Laurence to "f**k off" after he criticised the BBC's decision to censor some of their lyrics.

The original track, which the band sang with Kirstie MacColl, contains a homophobic slur which the BBC opted to change.

The slur "f****t" has been exchanged for "haggard", while the term "s*ut" has been muted all-together when played on BBC radio stations.

Laurence, who recently started the Reclaim Party, tweeted an announcement of the BBC's decision and wrote: "Here we go again.

The Pogues sent Laurence a sweary tweet
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"The cultural commissars at the @bbc are telling you what is and isn’t appropriate for your ignorant little ears. Wouldn't it be nice if we sent the (proper) version to the top of the charts? #DefundTheBBC. RT."

The Pogues retweeted Laurence and wrote: "F**k off you little herrenvolk s***e."

The term "herrenvolk" means "a race, nation, or group, such as the Germans or Nazis as viewed by Hitler, believed to be superior to other races."

Laurence is yet to respond to The Pogues.

Laurence criticised the BBC's decision
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In a statement earlier today, the BBC told Mirror Online : "We know the song is considered a Christmas classic and we will continue to play it this year, with our radio stations choosing the version of the song most relevant for their audience."

A BBC insider told us different stations were free to play whichever version they wished for their audiences, but there was a feeling that Radio 1's younger demographic would prefer the edited version.

The source said: "Radio 2 fans will still hear the original song with the derogatory lyrics, while 6 Music will alternate between both versions."

Laurence's Question Time appearance in January sparked controversy
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Laurence recently announced that he would be wading into the political arena with at the head of his new political party.

And the Lewis star has laid out its aims, the Telegraph reports, which include BBC reform and a celebration of Britain's cultural contributions.

Laurence made headlines earlier this year during a January Question Time appearance, in which he accused an audience member of racism after she branded him a "privileged white male."

He's formed a political party following the backlash to his appearance
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He had appeared on the show and disputed claims that the coverage of Meghan Markle in the press had been racist.

There followed a social media storm, followed by further comments from Laurence on topics such as the inclusion of a Sikh soldier in World War One flick, 1917.

His Twitter feed has since sought to grapple with "woke" culture.

Mirror Online has reached out to Laurence's rep for further comment.

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