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Van Morrison claims blind obedience to Covid lockdown rules is like a ‘cult’

Van Morrison claims blind obedience to Covid lockdown rules is like a ‘cult’ and those blasting his scepticism are attacking free speech

Rock legend Sir Van Morrison has claimed that blind obedience to Covid-19 lockdowns is like a ‘cult’ and those who criticise his scepticism are attacking free speech.

The singer, known to fans as Van the Man, has written several anti-lockdown songs and warned that ‘freedom is not a given any more’ and needs to be fought for.

The Belfast-born star has drawn criticism for his stance, but he told The Times yesterday: ‘If I can write about it, I do.

The singer, known to fans as Van the Man, has written several anti-lockdown songs and warned that ‘freedom is not a given any more’ and needs to be fought for

‘Poetic licence, freedom of speech… these used to be OK. Why not now? I don’t understand it.

‘Some people call it a cult. It is like a religion. Whether anyone agrees with me or not is irrelevant.

‘Just as there should be freedom of the press, there should be freedom of speech, and at the minute it feels like that is not in the framework.

‘If you do songs that are an expression of freedom of speech you get a very negative reaction.’

Northern Ireland's Health Minister Robin Swann branded his remarks 'dangerous' and 'giving great comfort' to conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robin Swann branded his remarks ‘dangerous’ and ‘giving great comfort’ to conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers

The two-times Grammy winner, who shot to fame in 1967 with Brown Eyed Girl, says neither the British Government nor the Northern Ireland Executive have provided a scientific justification for the coronavirus restrictions that he believes are killing live music and robbing musicians of a chance to make a living.

The 75-year-old, who was knighted in 2016, criticised the policy in anti-lockdown songs including Born To Be Free, As I Walked Out, No More Lockdown and Stand And Deliver in collaboration with Eric Clapton.

But Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robin Swann branded his remarks ‘dangerous’ and ‘giving great comfort’ to conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers.

There have also been calls for Belfast City Council to strip the singer of his freedom of the city honour.

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