‘Van Was Standing Up To The Measures And I Thought, “Why Is Nobody Else Doing This?”‘


Van Morrison (left) and Eric Clapton perform at the O2 Arena, London England  on March 3, 2020

Over the weekend.

Vaccine injured guitarist Eric Clapton appeared on the YouTube channel Real Music Observer (above) to talk about his anti-vaccine stand and collaboration with Van Morrison.

Clapton said:

“Whatever the memo was, it hadn’t reached me. Then I started to realise there was really a memo, and a guy, Mattias Desmet [professor of clinical psychology at Ghent University in Belgium], talked about it.

‘And it’s great. The theory of mass formation hypnosis. And I could see it then. Once I kind of started to look for it, I saw it everywhere.

‘Then I remembered seeing little things on YouTube which were like subliminal advertising. It had been going on for a long time: that thing about “you will own nothing and you will be happy.”

‘And I thought, “What’s that mean?” And bit by bit, I put a rough kind of jigsaw puzzle together. And that made me even more resolute.’

I joined forces with Van and I got the tip Van was standing up to the measures and I thought, “why is nobody else doing this” so I contacted him.

‘He said “I’m just objecting really. But it seems like we’re not even allowed to do that. And nobody else is doing it.”

‘He sent me Stand and Deliver, which he’d already recorded. And it was during the process of talking about that with another musician, getting excited and sharing the news I found that nobody wanted to hear that.

I was mystified, I seemed to be the only person that found it exciting or even appropriate. I’m cut from a cloth where if you tell me I can’t do something, I really want to know why.

He added:

‘My family and friends got scared, and I think they were scared on my behalf.’

Over the last year, there’s been a lot of disappearing – a lot of dust around, with people moving away quite quickly.

‘It has, for me, refined the kind of friendship I have. And it’s dwindled down to the people that I obviously really need and love.

‘Inside my family, that became quite pivotal… I’ve got teenage girls, and an older girl who’s in he thirties – and they’ve all had to kind of give me leeway because I haven’t been able to convince any of them.’

I would try to reach out to fellow musicians and sometimes I just don’t hear from them.

My phone doesn’t ring very often. I don’t get that many texts and emails anymore.’

Eric Clapton claims people who have had the Covid vaccine are victims of ‘mass formation hypnosis’ (MailOnline)


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82 thoughts on “‘Van Was Standing Up To The Measures And I Thought, “Why Is Nobody Else Doing This?”‘

    1. Micko


      Clapton WAS a racist.

      He’s apologised and realised the error of his ways when he was younger and living in a different time. A time when racism was a bit more acceptable. Just like your Nana who wants to know why “they can’t stay in their own country?”

      Unless, people can’t change their ways? Eh?

      1. I can't stand the rain

        What are you and your wife going to do now Micko that you can’t go out in the pubs infecting people?

        1. Micko

          A Poor ol Divil, good to see you’re still rambling obsessive things under new usernames.


          1. I can't stand the rain

            Yea the way I ramble about obsessively, it’s a bit like someone wilfully going out and giving COVID to strangers. Well, you know what I mean.

          2. Micko

            “it’s a bit like someone wilfully going out and giving COVID to strangers.”

            Who did that then?

          3. Micko

            Ah, “yer Ma” Classic response.

            Also known as, ‘the call of the “I can’t think of anything clever to say” bird.’

            “Yer ma, yer ma, yer ma – Divil want a cracker!”


          4. Johnny 'Diego' Keenan

            Micko you are a true soldier of truth. you and a few more are really holding the frontline in relation to the moronic vrus that has almost taken over the sheet.
            I salute you sir

        2. Mad

          I think what he meant was that you’re the kind of ignorant selfish prxik who would bring home COVID to their own mother and boast about that

      2. K.Cavan

        Correction, Clapton reputedly said something racist, once. Only a really sick little puppy would try to hang that label on him, decades later but, as we all know, Woke Liberalism has become a substitute for becoming priests, brothers & nuns, as a place to send the weird, antisocial types in the family who make normal people uncomfortable with their mad, staring eyes & their pointy, waggy fingers.
        Anyone who’s politically aware knows by now that their “Anti-Racism” is merely Neo-Racism, an astroturfed cult, financed by billionaires who make their money by destroying millions of lives. Every supporter of BLM, Antifa & the rest is a goon, a mindless servant of the 1%, who think being racist, sexist & bigoted is perfectly ok, once you choose the Politucally Correct minority to vilify.

        1. Nigel

          .’..but do they call me Slow Hand Eric? No! But you make one racist public rant and suddenly it’s Racist Eric this, Racist Eric that! So unfair!’

        2. f_lawless

          Imagine if wokeism and cancel culture had existed in the time of Gandhi as he sought to inspire the Indian nation to rise up against British imperialism through non-violent means? Not a hope. He’d have been condemned for what he’d written over 30 years prior to that about African people – “savages, living a life of indolence and nakedness” etc.


          1. Nigel

            Possibly not, but it’s hardly fair to compare the spiritual and moral transfomation undergone by Eric Clapton to Ghandi’s plodding MOTR career.

          2. f_lawless

            Sure, but it’s not a question of what level of cultural significance any particular individual attains.The point I’m trying to make is to do with the society we inhabit -do to we permanently condemn those around us for their past mistakes, no quarter given, or do we leave open the possibility for repentance, redemption, forgiveness, etc.?


          3. Nigel

            That’s not really the question. You can forgive Eric Clapton if you want, but then he wasn’t racist towards you. Lot of people find racism easy to forgive if it wasn’t directed at them. Eric Clapton went on to have an incredibly long and succesful career after his racist rant, so clearly, a lot of people forgave him, or didn’t hear about it at any rate, and that tends to be the rule. Rich and famous people get away with doing and saying horrible things all the time. It’s pretty wild.

        3. White Dove


          “Woke Liberalism has become a substitute for becoming priests, brothers & nuns, as a place to send the weird, antisocial types in the family who make normal people uncomfortable with their mad, staring eyes & their pointy, waggy fingers.”

          This. It’s all about power and punishment of others.

    2. K.Cavan

      Off to Covidy Island with you, Sara, the government will probably give you a grant to settle there, if not I’m sure a go fund me account would be generously supported by everyone who’s been unfortunate enough to cross your path.
      I reckon they’d make you the Mayor & you could have a go at making everyones’ lives as miserable as your own, they’d love you, there. No, really.

  1. ANO

    As he advocated his support for Enoch Powell, a controversial right-wing British politician well-known for his anti-immigration views, the guitarist took things even further, asking the audience if there were any foreigners present.

    “I don’t want you here, in the room or in my country,” Clapton said. “Listen to me, man! I think we should vote for Enoch Powell. Enoch’s our man. I think Enoch’s right, I think we should send them all back.”

    His words echoed much of the sentiment Powell had espoused in his infamous 1968 Rivers of Blood speech, in which he staunchly criticized mass immigration and implied that the majority of immigrants arriving in the U.K. were doing so “with a view to the exercise of actual domination, first over fellow immigrants and then over the rest of the population.”

    Clapton, however, was much more blunt. “Stop Britain from becoming a black colony,” he said. “Get the foreigners out. Get the w*gs out. Get the c**ns out. Keep Britain white. I used to be into dope, now I’m into racism. It’s much heavier, man. Fucking w*gs, man. Fucking Saudis taking over London. B*stard w*gs. Britain is becoming overcrowded, and Enoch will stop it and send them all back. The black w*gs and c**ns and Arabs and f**king Jamaicans and f**king … don’t belong here, we don’t want them here. This is England, this is a white country, we don’t want any black w*gs and c**ns living here. We need to make clear to them they are not welcome. England is for white people, man. We are a white country. I don’t want f*cking w*gs living next to me with their standards. This is Great Britain, a white country. What is happening to us, for f*ck’s sake?”


    1. K.Cavan

      Being opposed to mass immigration is not a political view, it’s a view held by most people, who know that it’s purpose is economic, to keep our economies operating as a Ponzi Scheme, supressing the wages of the proles, keeping landlords in business & the bank balances of the wealthy topped up. Most of the Progressive Wokies are too dim to see this, they’re too busy supressing any dissent to the wishes of their paymasters, the Davos Brigade.
      Such a bunch of fake Citizen Smiths, who can’t see the Reactionary policies they support because our educational system collapsed & they’re so ignorant of this world, it’s history & how it all works. It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so tragic.

      1. White Dove

        Hard to justify the Clapton quote above.

        I’m not a huge Clapton fan, I believe that he is adept at knowing what way the prevailing wind is blowing.

        I believe Van is sincere in his own grumpy way.

    2. Cú Chulainn

      Did he have anything to say about us Irish. Generally when the English have a go at black people the Irish aren’t too far behind? Genuine question.

  2. Doxxy Chainsaw

    “mass formation hypnosis”? Like all these sheeple who believe conspiracies like magnets, 5g, JFK Jr, etc etc

    1. Micko

      “who believe conspiracies like magnets, 5g, JFK Jr,”

      Yup, they are the other side of the coin to the “Covid will kill everyone and there’s facists everywhere brigade”

      Most normal people find themselves stuck in the middle and have a leaning either way.

      But would never think of being an extremist on either side.

      1. Nigel

        There isn’t an other side of the coin, there’s stuff that’s true and stuff that isn’t. If you find there’s a lot of lying going on, ‘the middle ground’ is no more likely to be where the truth is than anywhere else. For example your first side is completely false. Your second side is a straw man, an exaggerated version of ‘covid kills a lot of people’ and ‘there are actual fascists involved in opposing pandemic measures,’ which are true, but you had to lie about it to create the fiction of a reasonable middle ground which if course, is yours.

          1. Nigel

            You had to exaggerate one side to make your so-called middle ground seem reasonable. Not as middle or as reasonable as you claim, certainly not much interested in the truth.

          2. Micko

            Normality test…

            Will you continue to wear a mask after the mandate drops at the end of next month Nigel?

          3. Nigel

            Indoors in public, yeah. Also social distancing where possible, bitta hand sanitising and if I get a positive test I’ll isolate. Do you really think things are going back to ‘normal?’

          4. Micko

            So hang on – after government mandated Covid restrictions are completely gone next month, you are still gonna:

            1) Social distance.
            2) Wear a mask in indoor locations.
            3) Hand sanitise.
            4) Test yourself for Covid (I assume regularly).


            Given that Covid is here to stay – how long do you think you’ll continue with this behaviour?

          5. Nigel

            Until the omicron wave passes. Why? Do you think vulnerable people will magically stop bring vulnerable?

          6. Micko

            Hmmmm… Omicron.

            “What’s next on the Greek alphabet lads? We need something snappy!”

            “Pi?” “Nah – people love Pie – can’t use that”

            “Rho?” WTF is that?”

            “Sigma?” “Oooh SIGMA – I like it. Send it over to the marketing boys and we’ll get working on it asap.”

            “The Sigma Variant” It just rolls off the tongue – Love it!!!”

          7. Nigel

            Please. Between Giggidy’s delight in an anagram and your amazement at the concept of naming things, I’m not sure I’m up for this level of intellectual ferment.

          8. Micko

            Pfft… ” this level of intellectual ferment.”

            Intellectuals don’t spend their days arguing with complete strangers on the internet.

            Sounds like you gotta a whole lotta Dunning Krueger going on there buddy.

            Hehehe. Nigel thinks he’s an intellectual! Awww bless.

          9. Micko

            No bother

            I started playing Wordle yesterday – will have this s*&t sorted in no time…

            Lemme see now. Sigma, Sigma… gimas, migas…?

            Ah feck.

        1. K.Cavan

          That’s right, Nigel, The Far Roishe is opposed to health fascism & apartheid, division, bigotry, the surveillance state, rule by self-confessed fascists & eugenicist billionaires, you know, all that the modern Fake Left holds so dear.

          1. Nigel

            They’ve rebranded it as Health Freedom, freedom from the tyranny of public health, free to pick which insurance company middleman gets to veto your medical decisions, freedom to go bankrupt with medical bills, freedom to go to work and catch covid and keep going to work and spreading covid to everyone else unless you’re too sick to work in which case you’re free to find another job if you survive.

          2. Nigel

            That’s right wing health care policy, though, as exemplified in the US, which has the world’s most powerful anti-pandemic-measure political force in the right wing Repubican Party and its supporters, and who claim both are freedoms, culture war rhetoric that has been freely adopted over here, at best without considering the sources and the implications.

  3. Verbatim

    I don’t recall seeing one Irish artist put their head above the parapet over the past two years, most of them seemed to have been navel gazing judging by the “you might like this” songs posted on BS or enjoying painting portraits, still lifes, taking the nice photos, nothing amiss here!

    The WEF has offered them 30 pieces of silver to do their bidding: don’t believe for one second that this initiative is a result of the virus, this has been in the programme going back further than 2020, you could say it’s part of the the plan.

    1. Micko

      Interesting point Verbatim. Safe government sponsored music is what’s needed eh? ;-)

      But sure, how would any musical artist create a counter culture anyway anymore anyway?

      Band / Musical movement: “Let’s all get together and create music with a message that goes against the mainstream narrative”


    2. Nigel

      So the only reason Irish artists think the pandemic is real is because they’ve been bought off by an unrelated support scheme that doesn’t exist yet.

      Yeah that must be it.

    3. Sara

      Jim Corr? He’s been antivaxx for the last two years. He’s an Irish artist, he’s also nuts, but then all antivaxxers are.

    4. Kim The Cardassian


      Yeah, Boyzone and Westlife have been sitting on their paws alongside Bono and Enya holding out for their €205 per week

    1. Termagant

      I think it’s great!
      If I didn’t, I wouldn’t come here! Just wouldn’t type it in the box! It would be so…. easy…. to just not come to this website, if I didn’t like it

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