Hall of Fame Member
- Sep 23, 2015
Music legend stirs further pandemic controversy, challenging recent ‘blanket ban on live music’ in courtwww.theguardian.com
Van Morrison to start legal action over Northern Ireland Covid ban on live music
Music legend stirs further pandemic controversy, challenging Northern Ireland government’s recent ‘blanket ban on live music’ in court
Singer-songwriter Van Morrison is challenging the Northern Ireland government in court over recent Covid restrictions on live music.
Van Morrison will challenge the Northern Irish government in court over its “blanket ban” on live music in licensed venues arising from coronavirus restrictions, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
Solicitor Joe Rice said the Northern Irish singer-songwriter, who has released several protest songs against Covid-19 rules in recent months, will ask the high court in Belfast to review the policy.
“We will be seeking leave for judicial review to challenge the blanket ban on live music in licensed premises in Northern Ireland,” Rice said. “We’re not aware of any credible scientific or medical evidence to justify this particular blanket ban … and we’re going to challenge this in the high court.”
The UK, the country worst-hit in Europe by the virus, is struggling with its third and deadliest wave, blamed on a new strain believed to be highly infectious.
Devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which have responsibility for health policy, have all imposed strict lockdown measures at various stages of the health crisis.
The Northern Irish executive in Belfast has introduced regulations that prohibit live music in indoor licensed venues in Northern Ireland.
All hospitality and entertainment venues are closed as part of a six-week lockdown, but Morrison is eager to challenge the rules for when they reopen.
Rice noted that the singer had been able to perform in England several times late last year before the British government tightened rules there.
He said he expected the case to be heard at the high court within “weeks”.
Morrison was taking the action “on behalf of the thousands of musicians, artists, venues and those involved in the live music industry”, Rice said.
The singer has stirred controversy during the pandemic, last August reportedly urging people to “fight the pseudoscience” around Covid-19.
A month later he released at two-week intervals a trio of new tracks – named Born To Be Free, As I Walked Out, and No More Lockdown – containing controversial lyrics.
They included: “No more government overreach / No more fascist bullies / Disturbing our peace” as well as “No more taking of our freedom / And our God-given rights / Pretending it’s for our safety / When it’s really to enslave.”
Yeah, I betcha they had real diseases that weren't dealt with because of the damn covid distraction.A new U.K. study found almost a third of recovered COVID-19 patients ended up hospitalized again within five months.torontosun.com
Those curfews are KILLING people in Quebec FFS!!!OTTAWA — Almost two-thirds of Canadians would support a nightly curfew if necessary to curb the spread of COVID-19 – even though they’re not convinced it would…torontosun.com
I love the trend of the media referring to "variants" of the virus as opposed to the traditional and more accurate reference of the virus mutating... Guess that they figure that the public will infer that a zombie apocalypse is upon themIf it is from the CBC it says what the liberal party of Canada wants them t say . Nothing more nothing less .
Yeah, like the flu that if they guess the type wrong, the vaccine is no help, but it will stop you from getting covid, BS...I love the trend of the media referring to "variants" of the virus as opposed to the traditional and more accurate reference of the virus mutating... Guess that they figure that the public will infer that a zombie apocalypse is upon them
Yeah, like the flu that if they guess the type wrong, the vaccine is no help, but it will stop you from getting covid, BS...
Damn, I miss the good ol fashioned flu...