Danny Dyer Praised After Declaring ‘People Who Went To Eton Can’t Run This Country’

Matt Bagwell
·Head of Entertainment, HuffPost UK
·4-min read

Danny Dyer has said the coronavirus pandemic has proved “people who went to Eton” are unable to run the country.

In an interview with BBC Breakfast on Wednesday, the EastEnders star said the “little group” who attended the independent boarding school, near Windsor in Berkshire, have had their chance in power.

The 43-year-old said it is now time for “working-class people” who have “lived a real life” to be given responsibility for how the UK is run.

The actor, who appeared on the BBC show alongside his daughter Dani, was asked how easy he was finding it to obey Covid-19 restrictions.

He said: “It’s very confusing. It’s almost perfect to break rules really because it is hard to understand what the rules are.

“Just keep them simple and then people will abide by it.

“We want to get out of this as quickly as possible but as confusing as it is, it just makes it so difficult.

“My one rant would be that we must learn now that the people who went to Eton can’t run this country.

“They’ve done it, they’ve tried to do it and this little small group who all went to the same school in the same class, it doesn’t work.

“So I feel we need some working-class people, people who 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 start to get involved in how this country is run.”

Eton College counts both prime minister Boris Johnson and former premier David Cameron among its former students.

Asked whether he would ever go into politics full-time, Dani said: “Oh, imagine.”

Danny, who plays Mick Carter in EastEnders, replied: “No, darling, I’m too busy.

“I have got a game show on at the moment, I’ve got another podcast with my daughter, and of course I am in the greatest soap that has ever been, so I am alright for the minute.

“So let’s just watch the government unravel themselves, I think. Let’s just try and stay safe and try and not catch this thing, and on the other side I’m sure we are all going to be better, stronger, more considerate people for it.”

Danny’s comments proved a hit with viewers at home, who praised the actor for “taking sense”...

The father-daughter duo appeared on the show to promote their unscripted Spotify Original podcast, Sorted With The Dyers.

Danny previously shared his views on politics on talk show Good Evening Britain in June 2018.

During that appearance, he labelled former prime minister David Cameron a “twat” for calling the EU referendum.

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This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.