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    Drama N. Ireland official suing Van Morrison over COVID criticism

    The Associated Press




    LONDON (AP) — Northern Ireland’s health minister is suing Van Morrison after the singer called him “very dangerous” for his handling of coronavirus restrictions.

    The Belfast-born singer opposes restrictions to curb the spread of the virus, and has released several songs criticizing lockdowns. He denounced Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann during a gathering at Belfast’s Europa Hotel in June after a Morrison concert was canceled at the last minute because of virus restrictions.

    The defamation suit relates to three incidents in which Morrison criticized Swann, calling him “a fraud” and “very dangerous.”

    Swann responded in an article for Rolling Stone magazine, calling the “Moondance” singer’s claims “bizarre and irresponsible.”

    Swann’s lawyer, Paul Tweed, said proceedings “are at an advanced stage with an anticipated hearing date early in 2022.” The lawsuit was first reported in the Sunday Life newspaper.

    Morrison’s lawyer, Joe Rice, said the singer would contest the claim. He said Morrison will argue “that the words used by him related to a matter of public interest and constituted fair comment.”

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    FREE SPEECH Criticism of the establishment will not be tolerated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Griffin View Post
    FREE SPEECH Criticism of the establishment will not be tolerated.
    no shit, crazy times






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    We don't have free speech here, what we have is some millionaire skut popping home to leech more money out of folks at some $500 a plate fundraiser filled with some of the most hateful cunts of local politicians you could find.
    During it he calls upon one of them to sing with him.
    He's a cunt, he fucked off during the troubles, and never played here, now he's fucked off he didn't make money from a concert that was never going to happen, concerts didn't happen here all summer..

    Still he has some good songs. He was and remains an utter cunt.

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    so he wasn't critical of the health minister?

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