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, 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.
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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”...
So refreshing to turn on the TV this morning & see Danny Dyer talking sense rather than yet another repulsive Tory sock puppet regurgitating the latest govt script justifying their most recent act of self-serving bastardry.pic.twitter.com/sy1ZYCajTM
— Carrie (@TheWordOfCarrie) October 28, 2020
Wow Danny Dyer, I'm a convert, he's on BBC Breakfast and his words are ' we need to learn that a small group of people from Eton can't run this country, they've had a try and now we need working class people to get involved and change things as this Gov unravels !' Wow I'm in 💯
— Miss Haversham (@haversham_miss) October 28, 2020
Danny Dyer on BBC Breakfast.... honestly, at this point I'd vote for him. He talks more sense than the people in charge now.
— Jaime Molloy (@Miss_Molloy) October 28, 2020
danny dyer railing against etonians is what i love to see on my telly in the morning
— Morgue-an says kiss kiss (@itgirl2020) October 28, 2020
Love a bit of Danny Dyer talking sense 💪🏻
Now looking forward to the Tory snowflakes complaining to the BBC. https://t.co/5c388Ntmb4
— Brexitshambles (@brexit_sham) October 28, 2020
Completely agree with Danny Dyer this morning. Etonians have had their chance at running this country and they simply cannot do it well. We need leaders who understand what it’s like to live outside corridors of privilege.
— Jennifer Jenkins (@kairosbutterfly) October 28, 2020
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.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.