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Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin accused of “endangering” his staff and customers

To the bemusement of many people, Wetherspoons boss (and ardent Brexiteer) Tim Martin appeared on BBC Radio 4 this morning to discuss the government’s policy toward coronavirus.

The pub baron criticised the government’s approach, and said eating/drinking establishments should be kept open for the foreseeable future.

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“I think it’s a question of balance,” he said, before suggesting that pubs could implement “social distancing” measures – such as preventing people from congregating at the bar.

He didn’t divulge how people would order.

“Parliament is open… I think it’s the same,” Martin carried on to say.

People are consequently absolutely baffled that Martin believes pubs are as important as Parliament in the present crisis.

Former Green Party MEP Molly Scott Cato tweeted: “Please don’t give airspace to self-interested, ignorant businessmen like Tim Martin. His nonsense about ‘social distancing within pubs’ is itself a risk to public health.”

Indeed, Martin has been accused of putting his staff and customers at risk – all in the effort to maintain his £300m+ fortune.

To prevent the spread of coronavirus, the government’s advice is to avoid unnecessary social contact – including going to pubs, theatres and restaurants.

Martin’s response directly flies in the face of this advice.

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45 responses to “Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin accused of “endangering” his staff and customers

  1. Wetherspoons pubs are filthy. Their tables, their cutlery etc. but the worst is their sticky, filthy carpets. You squelch walking through their pubs. I had already stopped using their services.

    1. People like you are the first ones queuing to get a drink in wetherspoon pubs complaining about the waiting times! Wash your hands! And your mouth!

      1. ALL THE PEOPLE THAT REFUSE TO HEED THIS ADVISE AND WANT TO GO OUT TO PUBS AND EUN THECRISK OF INFECTING THEMSELVES AND MORE IMPORTANTLY OTHERS SHOULD NOT BE TREATED ID WHEN THEY GET THE VIRUS. I KNOW FIRST HAND WHAT IT IS LIKE TO WATCH A LOVED ONE DIE FIRST HAND OF LUNG DISEASE (not the virus) BUT LUNG SCARING AND IT IS NOT NICE IT IS NOT A PICNIC IT IS AN IMAGE THAT HAUNTS ME TO THIS DAY NEARLY 3 YEARS ON. NO WATCHING SOMEONE GASPING FOR AIR AND WATCHING OXYGEN DECREASE ON THE MONITOR WAS NOT FUN. SO WHILE YOU ARE OUT THERE DRINKING AND BEING MERRY BECAUSE YOU WERE TO SELFISH TO SPARE A THOUGHT FOR NOT JUST YOURSELF BUT YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY. HAVE A GOOD HARD THINK. SELF ISOLATION FOR A FEW MONTHS OR GASPING FOR YOUR NEXT BREATH AND POSSIBLY DYING…YOU CHOOSE.

  2. Please stop giving a platform to self interested businessmen/grifters like Tim Martin or Nigel Farage, who have no interest in the Coronavirus, who it effects, or how to combat it. Their only interest is to propagate false facts or narratives that help them and them alone. They are NOT experts and therefore should not be invited on TV channels or radio stations to give their opinion. Stop giving these snake oil salesman room to spout their nonsense – instead give the airtime to experts or people that can give us the information and tools we need to fight this virus.

    1. Good for Tim Martin. MY DAILY visit to Wetherspoons is now my only joy in the day. PEOPLE can be self-righteous when they have somebody at home to go back to. And Wetherspoons is following hygienic measures.
      The government and media have taken this whole situation beyond the bounds of common sense. It is now completely out of hand because of tbe gullibility of people who should have more intelligence.
      For GOD’s sake, we are all adults. Have the courtesy to lrt us make up our own minds. Those who are frightened of germs which are all around us every day can st
      Iay away. Living with germs since childhood is what builds up our iimmunity. O

      1. If you’re an adult, at like one instead of a spoilt child. When you’re in the pub, think of the frontline NHS staff trying to cope with your gran or your elderly aunt who you passed the virus on to. Or someone else’s elderly infirm relative who got the virus because of your pig-headed selfishness. Take a look at Italy – they ignored the advice and look what happened. It isn’t only older people who get this, younger people are dying too. But if older people don’t matter, tell that to your grandparents or even your parents. Ignorant selfish idiots.

        1. I love how everyone is so keen to jump on their high horse and call everybody irresponsible. If the government wants pubs to close, they need to *order* it, not just advise it.

          As an adult, why do you assume Madeleine is incapable of making her own decisions? She knows the risks to herself, and knows if she is in contact with vulnerable people or not. You’ve assumed she even has a gran or elderly aunt. As an adult, Madeleine will KNOW if she has these – and you DON’T.

          You then said this corker: “Or someone else’s elderly infirm relative who got the virus because of your pig-headed selfishness” well the person to blame for that is the other person for going to the pub, NOT Madeleine.

          1. Your general ignorance is astounding. She has to get to & from the pub doesn’t she ? Unbelievably selfish behaviour. As for TIM Martin his only motivation in this matter money & greed.

        1. If it was only you you were endangering with your behaviour then you could go right ahead. But it isn’t. You’re putting others at risk. Grow up and stop whingeing because you can’t go to the pub ffs.

      2. Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. Poor chap can’t win.
        Personally, it’s one of the few things left to enjoy – and long may his pubs stay open. No-one is forced to enter one of his pubs. Stay at home and put your TV on.

  3. The measurements that the government are putting in place for us are all well and good, but most of them are useless.. unless everyone is taking measures to stop the spread, that is congregating in large groups, ( oh yes parliament, news governing bodies, ect), travelling on public transport to wherever they are going, when available (oh parliament, news governing bodies). Most of this could be done online, with everyone safe.
    Now, another thing, there will always be groups of people that will go out, and spread the virus to others, if they have it. Like teenagers or other rebellious adults, shutting the schools to me was a useless act, have you tried to keep a child indoors and grounded for two weeks, ( I think impossible), unless as stated before everyone stays at home this virus is still going to spread, when most of us will think we have done our job.
    If the country is going to shut down, the public need a date to start a two week isolation, as some people have started their 2 week isolation, and it’s no good unless we all do it together.

  4. ive never walked into A Filthy Wetherspoon pub they can be messy ,thats cos theyre busy ,because of their prices .The spotlessly clean Bars surrounding Wetherspoons are empty thats why they are Spotlessly clean ,Although i was against Tims Brexit Stance and recognising the fact that Farage is a Clown ,If it Wasnt For Withys we would be paying £8 a pint ,and £20 for A steak ,We got through the Blitz and 2 world Wars without closing the pubs ,Life has to carry on .Frazer Hendry

    1. Frazer this isn’t the blitz and bombs that fall from the sky this is an invisible killer past from hand to hand, hand to doorknob, hand to beer glass, Hand to table and back again. Pubs, and any other restaurant, club, bar, or gathering place are literally life threatening, Young apparently fit people are dying too, not just the elderly. Your blasé attitude is frankly irresponsible and down-right dangerous so is everyone on here saying Pubs should stay open. Andrew Martin has a £300,000,000 fortune. He can well afford to close for the Public good and keep paying his staff. He is just putting his own greed above public welfare same as he did with Brexit.

      1. Separate Tables won’t work, What if the Barman has an early stage infection and passes you a pint in a virus laden beer glass? Thats you laid up in Intensive care and everyone else who touched the same things you did on your way home, Plus anyone at home, plus anyone who touched the things they touched. This virus spreads like wildfire. Don’t go out, stay home and survive.

    1. Presumably then you’re happy about the Wetherspoons staff member who phoned in to Radio 2 today to say that the pub had no hand sanitiser. May I suggest you self isolate, not for your sake but for the sake of everyone else.

  5. Having seen what is happening in Italy at present, and considering they have what is regarded as one of the most advanced hospitals in Europe (YES THAT DOES STILL INCLUDE LITTLE BRITAIN) I cannot believe the mentality that says lets all go out and congregate. I have even heard it said by members of the older generation that they would be better off getting it so that they can then recover and have immunity!!!! What is wrong with the UK and its leader the blond haired lover from Turkey. Come on folks wake up to reality.

  6. Why did Radio 4 consider that Wetherspoon should be consulted. He is pro-brexit, Pro-Tory and not even british!
    But that’s the way the BBC has moved and is no longer the trusted organisation that the rest of the world relied on to speak the truth.

  7. When you’re in the pub, think of the frontline NHS staff trying to cope with your gran or your elderly aunt who you passed the virus on to. Or someone else’s elderly infirm relative who got the virus because of your pig-headed selfishness. Take a look at Italy – they ignored the advice and look what happened. It isn’t only older people who get this, younger people are dying too. But if older people don’t matter, tell that to your grandparents or even your parents. Ignorant selfish idiots.

  8. It’s not all about you.This is such selfish behaviour. Yes germs are all around us, but this particular virus is potentially lethal. Hope you’ve got good funeral insurance.

  9. Until the government makes it illegal to keep the pubs, restaurants and cafés open, people like Tim Martin will take this selfish course, and be acceptable “pundits”.
    Once it is against the law, he will have no standing.
    I can’t say what I think about Nigel Farage, it wouldn’t be published!

  10. Italy is on Knees!Too many cuts have been made to Helath care,in the last YearsEven many Doctors and Madicals are unprecedented.Hostipals are closing.Emergency rooms have infected staff.T’s a very difficult.. way of Living ,or,survaiving.#Cela faremo Ill’hope.

  11. There’s some real thick, selfish people on this thread. I think coronavirus is the least of their worries. Being brain dead should concern them most.

  12. Clean establishments. Never come across a dirty one. Busy, yes. Can we social distance in a pub. Yes.should they close.no.
    Did we close during WW2.no. is it relevant for pub owners to speak up.yes.
    Will we pay for this in years to come, via more austerity. Yes.

  13. Typical, “it won’t happen to me” attitude, I live in Spain and trust me it’s for everybody’s well being to remain indoors. Usual gung ho shit from stupid people!

  14. Wetherspoon staff work very hard for little reward all down to prick haired twat that Martin is, he wants the UK to become an American state as he hates Europe who wont take his crap tongue.
    I am in solidarity with his and other low paid staff in the industry

  15. I personally would not lower myself to enter any of this greed persons establishments. He has always been for himself never for his staff or customers.

  16. My father in law will pass away today because of this virus. He lives in Nottingham and the hospital is 90% sure he picked it up from one of the health workers possibly on the front line.Now,I will say this, in no way do we blame anyone for this.In fact ,we can’t thank the NHS enough for allowing my wife a video link to him from our home in Bath.Plus, for all the care he has had from our health system I thank you on behalf of my wife from the bottom of my heart.
    The point I would like to make here is that although you might not have any vunerable relatives yourself….please please think of other people that have.No one means to pass this on but unfortunately that is how it spreads.I’d like to always think the best of people and I think in years to come some people will regret the way they are behaving right now. Stay safe folks and look after your own health and others……that is something you won’t regret.By the way, our own business (self employed) has just “gone off the cliff” and although we will be like others in severe financial hardship for a while (even with the great help measures on the table).
    Thanks for reading this and I hope it makes sense…..Sparky

  17. What about the selfish scrounging panic buyers packing supermarkets for the opening hours. They are as bad if not worse than someone who wants a quiet drink because they are lonely. Tell me whe experts & governments have ever been right (WMD?)

  18. Supermarkets are more crowded than pubs filled with selfish panic buying scroungers depriving honest hard workers. Take aim at them not Weatherspoons

    1. Very clever. Because we all need to go to the pub, but nobody needs to eat, so they’re gonig to the supermarket for no reason! Sadly, this virus is not defeatable by IQ, or the human race would be making an exponential evolutionary leap as a result of it…

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