Coronavirus: Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin blasted for (another) “ridiculous” claim

Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin has not been having a good morning.

The Brexiteer-landlord has been set loose on TV and radio, trying to make the case that pubs should remain open during the coronavirus pandemic.


However, after being panned for his flippant comments on BBC Radio 4 this morning – accused of “endangering” customers and staff – Martin has got himself in further bother.

Speaking to Sky News, the pub baron said: “There’s hardly been any transmission of the virus within pubs.”

Last time we checked, Martin was not a scientific expert with access to confidential information about the spread of coronavirus.

In fact, the government’s Chief Scientific Adviser – Sir Patrick Vallance – has actively been encouraging people not to spend time at pubs, precisely because they help the virus to spread.

And so, Martin has been blasted for trying to pass off his unsubstantiated claims as the absolute truth.

TV presenter Piers Morgan tweeted in response: “I just heard Tim Martin, owner of Wetherspoons, say on Sky News there has been very little transmission of the virus in pubs.


“This is insane stupidity from a reckless selfish millionaire putting money before health.

“Don’t go to Wetherspoons.”

We look forward to Mr Martin providing the source for his claim.

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