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‘People who went to Eton can’t run this country’: Danny Dyer calls for working class representation in politics

Isobel Lewis
·1-min read
‘I feel we need some working class people to get involved in how this country’s run' (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
‘I feel we need some working class people to get involved in how this country’s run' (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Danny Dyer has claimed that former Etonians shouldn’t run the country anymore as he took aim at the Conservative government over their handling of the pandemic.

Appearing on BBC Breakfast with his daughter Dani on Wednesday morning (28 October), the EastEnders actor also said that the current lockdown rules were easy to break because they were so “confusing”.

“My one rant would be that we must learn now that the people who went to Eton can't run this country,” Dyer then said. “They’ve done it, they’ve tried to do it, this little, small group who all went to the same school, in the same class. It doesn’t work.”

He continued: “I feel we need some working class people, people that have lived a real life, people that are in touch with what’s going on in reality, to maybe come to the front now and get involved in how this country’s run.”

Asked whether he would ever go into politics full-time himself, the actor replied: “No darlin’, I'm too busy. I've got a gameshow on at the moment, I’ve got a podcast with my daughter and I'm in the greatest soap that's ever been, so I’m alright for the minute.”

It’s not the first time Dyer has criticised the state of UK politics. In 2018, he used his alternative Christmas message on Channel 4 to call Westminster a “shambles”.

“I mean where are our leaders?,” he asked. “Where are they? There’s been more backstabbing than we have in Albert Square.”

Dyer also famously branded David Cameron a “t***” during a live TV broadcast.

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