Northern Eire’s well being minister has described three new songs by Sir Van Morrison that protest towards coronavirus lockdowns as “harmful”.
Within the lyrics, Sir Van claims scientists are “making up crooked info” to justify measures that “enslave” the inhabitants.
“The brand new regular, isn’t regular,” he sings. “We have been born to be free”.
Well being Minister Robin Swann mentioned if Sir Van had scientific info he ought to current them.
Mr Swann mentioned: “I do not know the place he will get his info. I do know the place the feelings are on this, however I’ll say that form of messaging is harmful.
“Our messaging is about saving lives.
“If Van wished to sing a tune about saving lives, then that might be extra in step with the place we’re on the minute.”
He added: “If Van Morrison has counter-scientific info that he is ready to face over, and have that debate with the chief scientific adviser, then I feel that is how he ought to do it.”
Mr Swann has warned that Northern Eire might once more face tighter restrictions if new circumstances of Covid-19 proceed to rise.
Sir Van recorded the three songs just lately in Belfast and England.
No Extra Lockdown is essentially the most strident of the three tracks. “No extra lockdown / No extra authorities overreach,” the musician sings within the refrain. “No extra fascist bullies / Disturbing our peace.
“No extra taking of our freedom / And our God given rights / Pretending it is for our security / When it is actually to enslave.“
Sir Van has beforehand brought about controversy by denouncing what he known as the “pseudoscience” round coronavirus.
Launching a marketing campaign to “save stay music” on his web site final month, the 75-year-old mentioned socially-distanced gigs weren’t economically viable.
“I name on my fellow singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters and others within the trade to battle with me on this. Come ahead, rise up, battle the pseudo-science and converse up.”
Sir Van mentioned his new songs could be launched at two-week intervals with the primary, Born To Be Free, arriving on 25 September.
In an announcement asserting the songs, the musician mentioned: “I am not telling individuals what to do or assume, the federal government is doing a terrific job of that already.
“It is about freedom of alternative, I imagine individuals ought to have the suitable to assume for themselves.”
Nevertheless, Mr Swann urged individuals to “hearken to the well being recommendation coming from the professionals – the chief medical officer and the chief scientific adviser.
“They’re the individuals who see the hazards.
“I do know whose message I might fairly hearken to, that is the message of the skilled, Dr Michael McBride and Professor Ian Younger.”