The likes of Liam Gallagher, Blossoms and Get Cape.Wear Cape.Fly have all voiced their support for Manchester after it was confirmed that the region will move to tier three lockdown measures from Friday (October 23).
The government has pledged a £22 million support package after talks broke down with Manchester Metro Mayor Andy Burnham – who had originally sought a larger sum to support individuals and businesses who will suffer the financial hit of the new measures.
“What we’ve seen today is a deliberate act of levelling down,” Burnham said after failing to agree a financial support package with the government for 2.8 million people in the region.
“I don’t believe we can proceed through this pandemic by grinding people down. We need to carry them with us, not crush their spirit.”
The north of England and the devolved Nations deserve a lot more respect from Central Government. It’s embarrassing and frankly insulting to millions of people.
— Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly (@forgetcape) October 20, 2020
While Boris Johnson has since announced that an additional £60m will be divided between Manchester boroughs, the initial announcement prompted backlash.
Responding to the news, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly singer Sam Duckworth wrote: “The north of England and the devolved Nations deserve a lot more respect from Central Government. It’s embarrassing and frankly insulting to millions of people.”
Blossoms drummer Joe Donovan, meanwhile, shared a photo of an altered Transport for London service board which shared a message of support for Manchester.
— Joe Donovan (@JoeDonovan92) October 21, 2020
Liam Gallagher simply tweeted “SHIT SHOW” in what has been interpreted as a damning indictment of the government’s response towards Manchester.
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) October 21, 2020
We're with you @AndyBurnhamGM, and everyone in Greater Manchester.
— A Certain Ratio (@acrmcr) October 20, 2020
Stay strong #Manchester ❤️
— anton newcombe (@antonnewcombe) October 20, 2020
Good on @AndyBurnhamGM standing up for the people of Manchester. Tories hate the working class north in the same way they despise Scots / Welsh / Irish / Blacks / Muslims. #ClassWar #ToryCorruption #HitTheNorth
— Primal Scream (@ScreamOfficial) October 21, 2020
Other responses came from the likes of Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie and The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe.
Manchester’s move into tier three comes after Boris Johnson unveiled the three-tier system of restriction rules across England last week.
Areas in England have been graded in three tiers – medium, high and very high risk – as the virus continues to grow in north-West England, central Scotland and some areas of The Midlands.
Wales, meanwhile, will enter a two week lockdown from Friday.