Van Morrison Blasts Coronavirus Closures: Politicians 'Haven’t Missed a Paycheck'
Music legend blasts lockdowns forcing people into poverty
Music legend Van Morrison blasted politicians for not having missed a paycheck since the forced shutdowns started.
Morrison blasted the mandatory coronavirus closures, which are forcing people into poverty.
He wrote on Twitter:
“Remember, those who are shutting down our economy haven’t missed a paycheck since lockdown began. We are not in this together."
Van Morrison then noted that the Northern Ireland Executive has not been able to justify lockdowns scientifically
“10 months on, and the @niexecutive still hasn’t presented the science for the Northern Ireland lockdown,” he said.
10 months on and the @niexecutive still hasn't presented the science for the Northern Ireland lockdown.— Van Morrison (@vanmorrison) December 21, 2020
The music icons comments come after he released the song “Stand and Deliver,” performed by Eric Clapton, which took aim at lockdowns.
“Do you wanna’ be a free man, or do you wanna be a slave?” Clapton sings.
“Do you wanna’ wear these chains until you’re lying in the grave?”
Other lyrics include:
“Magna Carta, Bill of Rights/ The constitution, what’s it worth?/ You know they’re gonna’ grind us down, ah/ Until it really hurts/ Is this a sovereign nation/ Or just a police state?/ You better look out, people/ Before it gets too late.”
Remember, those who are shutting down our economy haven't missed a paycheck since lockdown began. We are not in this together.— Van Morrison (@vanmorrison) December 21, 2020
The song was blasted by Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann, who said it played into conspiracy theorists' hands.
“It’s actually a smear on all those involved in the public health response to a virus that has taken lives on a massive scale,” Swann told Rolling Stone.
“His words will give great comfort to the conspiracy theorists – the tinfoil hat brigade who crusade against masks and vaccines and think this is all a huge global plot to remove freedoms.”
Both Clapton and Van Morrison said the lockdown's effect on the live music industry has been “deeply upsetting.”
“There are many of us who support Van and his endeavors to save live music; he is an inspiration,” Clapton said.
“We must stand up and be counted because we need to find a way out of this mess. The alternative is not worth thinking about. Live music might never recover.”
“Eric’s recording is fantastic and will clearly resonate with the many who share our frustrations,” said Morrison.
“It is heartbreaking to see so many talented musicians lack any meaningful support from the government, but we want to reassure them that we are working hard every day to lobby for the return of live music, and to save our industry.”