Queen‘s Brian May has slammed the UK government’s response to the coronavirus crisis by saying {that a} lack of enough safety for NHS frontline employees will be to the nation’s “eternal shame.”

“I’m ashamed that our country was so ill-prepared and put them out there, fighting in the front line without proper protection. It is to our eternal shame that we were not prepared well enough and early enough,” he instructed NME.

The guitarist’s feedback come as provides of protecting gear proceed to run low throughout the UK, with the government dealing with criticism for his or her obvious failure to defend healthcare employees who’re in fixed contact with the illness.


But May additionally praised the “courage” of NHS employees and mentioned they have been in the center of a “war” in opposition to the illness.

“It’s incredible, I can’t believe the courage and dedication of these people. They are our true heroes and I don’t think you can say enough about this,” he mentioned.

“It is a war and it makes me think of my grandfather going out into the trenches in the Somme and basically being sacrificed by the country to defeat an enemy. It’s a very similar thing and it breaks my heart to see doctors and nurses struggle and die with this disease.”

Brian May
Brian May (Picture: Getty)

When requested about the wider response to the pandemic, May claimed that the government ought to have adopted wider motion at an earlier stage.

“We should have closed down the ports of entry and adopted detective work like other countries did to find out anyone who was tested positive. There’s so many measures which are now in place and I’m glad we’re doing it. Most people are doing it conscientiously, although there are a few idiots around. But the vast majority of people are behaving very responsibly and generously.”


He added: “The lack of freedom is painful, particularly for people who find themselves remoted on their very own with no cash and no meals. To me it’s a heart-breaker and I’d like to do extra — I’m searching for methods to contribute extra.

“But that shouldn’t happen and it puts a magnifying glass on the inequality of our society. It’s painful and we need to look at this.”

It comes as hundreds of Britons again initiatives to present PPE, whereas festivals resembling Glastonbury have donated hundreds of ponchos to be repurposed as aprons for frontline workers.

Earlier this week, May additionally blamed meat-eating for the pandemic and mentioned that widespread veganism should be adopted when the crisis ends.

He instructed NME: “If you want to get deep into it, I think we should be looking again at whether we should be eating animals.”

May, who has adopted a plant-based weight loss program since January, added: “Now we’ve seen more of the effects of how eating animals has brought us to our knees as a species, I think it’s time to re-examine our world in a way that doesn’t abuse other species.”

He was talking to NME to promote the launch of ‘Get Up’, a new track which sees him lending his talents to upcoming London band King’s Daughters.