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Van Morrison demands Covid lockdown answers from Billy Bragg following interview

Van Morrison has described himself as an 'activist' on Covid lockdowns, in a recent interview with Mojo magazine. Picture by Bradley Quinn Photography
Van Morrison has described himself as an 'activist' on Covid lockdowns, in a recent interview with Mojo magazine. Picture by Bradley Quinn Photography Van Morrison has described himself as an 'activist' on Covid lockdowns, in a recent interview with Mojo magazine. Picture by Bradley Quinn Photography

VAN Morrison has demanded answers from fellow musician Billy Bragg over their stance on Covid lockdowns and asked if they believed a "government narrative" on the pandemic.

The East Belfast artist posted a list of questions regarding Covid to the English singer-songwriter, who recently interviewed Mr Morrison for music magazine Mojo.

Bragg has spoken of supporting measures during the pandemic including the wearing of masks, and following their interview, Morrison posed questions to the singer, who has also been involved in left-wing activism, including if he had heard of medical figures who have become popular among anti-vaccination online communities.

It was revealed last year that Morrison launched legal action against former Stormont health minister Robin Swann, following the UUP man's interview with US magazine Rolling Stone, in which he criticised the singer's Covid claims.

Mr Swann had previously begun legal action against Morrison for comments made during a 2021 gig at Belfast's Europa Hotel.

In his list of questions to Bragg, which he posted to Twitter on Monday, Morrison raised organisations including the World Economic Forum and named individuals including Bill Gates, who has become the subject of online conspiracy theories.

"Did you just comply and go along with the government narrative? Did you question any of it?" he asked.

Referring to his own anti-lockdown stance, he asked: "Did you not approve of me protesting?"

Bragg had not responded to the questions on Monday.

During the pair's interview in the latest Mojo magazine, Morrison, who is releasing new album Moving on Skiffle in March, said he became an "activist" during Covid

"I have one song on the new album, Gov Don’t Allow, where I address this issue," he said.