Van Morrison Sings Against the Lockdowns By Bruce Bennett

     What is there not to like about cultural music icon Van Morrison? At least he has taken a stand against the lockdowns, unlike other singers like Dylan, who supposedly champion freedom, let alone the likes of lefties like Taylor Swift.

“Sir Van Morrison has accused the government of "taking our freedom" in three new songs that protest against the coronavirus lockdown. In the lyrics, he claims scientists are "making up crooked facts" to justify measures that "enslave" the population. "The new normal, is not normal," he sings. "We were born to be free". Speaking on Wednesday, the prime minister said the government was doing "everything in our power" to prevent another nationwide lockdown. "I don't want a second national lockdown - I think it would be completely wrong for this country," Boris Johnson told MPs at the Commons Liaison Committee. "So when I see people arguing against the rule of six or saying that the government is coming in too hard on individual liberties and so on - I totally understand that and I sympathise with that, but we must, must defeat this disease." No More Lockdown is the most strident of the three tracks. "No more lockdown / No more government overreach," the musician sings in the chorus. "No more fascist bullies / Disturbing our peace. "No more taking of our freedom / And our God given rights / Pretending it's for our safety / When it's really to enslave." Another song references a widely-shared Facebook post, of a screenshot from a UK government website saying, "Covid-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK". While it is true that Covid-19 does not meet the criteria for an HCID - which typically has a high fatality rate (as much as 50% in the case of Ebola) - the disease is still considered highly infectious, with no specific vaccines or treatment currently available. Northern Ireland's health minister Robin Swann has described the new songs as "dangerous". "I don't know where he gets his facts," said Swann. "I know where the emotions are on this, but I will say that sort of messaging is dangerous."

     Well, guess what, Morrison’s position is well confirmed by the case of Sweden, which did not go total lockdown freak-out, as in say Melbourne and New York, and Covid cases there are reaching a new low. Please explain oh New World Oder Dark Lords. 



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