The UK government recently found itself under scrutiny and criticism for its recent decision to reject an offer to allow musicians to tour Europe without needing a visa.
Among these critics is former-Boyzone singer Ronan Keating, who has called the decision 'unbelievable and unforgivable.'
It seems that it's not only words for the 43-year-old singer, who took to his Twitter account to say: 'Ok Boris Johnson I think it’s time we had a chat. I can’t come to yours nor can you come to mine.'
'But can we meet in a park socially distant and discuss how this government is affecting UK musicians and the arts.'
Ok @BorisJohnson I think it’s time we had a chat. I can’t come to yours nor can you come to mine. But can we meet in a park socially distant and discuss how this government is affecting UK musicians and the arts.— Ronan Keating (@ronanofficial) January 14, 2021
The singer also shared a video showing Johnson avoiding a question on whether or not he had rejected a proposal for visa-free tours by musicians.
He added in a follow-up tweet: 'All we are asking Boris Johnson and this current government is to reconsider its actions.'
'The live industry is worth 3 billion pound(s) to this economy. It works both ways. If we stop touring in Europe the same will happen here.'
All we are asking @BorisJohnson and this current government is to reconsider its actions. The live industry is worth 3 billion pound to this economy. It works both ways. If we stop touring in Europe the same will happen here.— Ronan Keating (@ronanofficial) January 16, 2021
Several fans in the comments defended the Life is a Rollercoaster singer for his outspoken view:
YES THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! 600,000+ riggers, roadies, sound engineers, festival security staff etc, all ineligible for any financial help since March 2020. Thank you so much for your support!!— Events Industry UK (@EventsIndustry2) January 14, 2021
Can you also have a chat about the wedding Industry? We’ve been closed for what will be a year with no financial support and no idea of when we can hold viable weddings again? Couples don’t want 15 person weddings, so the suppliers lose out! @WAWofficialUK— Launcells Barton (@LauncellsBarton) January 14, 2021
Thanks Ronan I’m a professional musician , self - employed , sole trader , not well known like yourself but always hard working . It strikes me that we need guys like you to ram this home like Marcus Rashford is doing for our kids .— Guitarman 💙🕯🎼🎸#FBPE (@GJSSONGWRITER) January 14, 2021
As someone who attends concerts and theatre shows regularly, it is actually affecting me not being able to see anything and enjoy myself doing something I love. I can only imagine how the artists themselves are suffering, if we're all missing them to this degree.— Kelly Murphy (@MsKellyMurphy) January 14, 2021
Then, when one Twitter user claimed that he was 'uncertain whether the PM will engage with an Irish national,' Keating replied: 'Peter this is regarding the industry in a country I have been lucky enough to call home for 20 years and the country that allowed an Irish band start a career.'
'Something I fear may never happen again due to recent government decisions,' he added.
It seems that Mr. Keating is using the old Irish schoolboy tactic of taking things to a park to settle a dispute!