Northern Ireland health minister criticises Van Morrison anti-lockdown songs

Robin Swann describes Morrison’s condemnations of government and scientists as ‘dangerous … bizarre and irresponsible’

Northern Ireland health minister Robin Swann has criticised Van Morrison, after the veteran songwriter condemned coronavirus lockdown measures as “fascist”.

In the forthcoming song No More Lockdown, Belfast-born Morrison sings of “Imperial College scientists making up crooked facts.” He adds: “No more lockdown / No more government overreach / No more fascist bullies / Disturbing our peace … Pretending it’s for our safety / When it’s really to enslave.”

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