Wetherspoon’s Tim Martin piles in to No 10 ‘hypocrisy’ as sales crash

Wetherspoon’s Tim Martin piles in to No 10 ‘hypocrisy’ as sales crash

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1/19/2022 12:02:00 PM

Wetherspoon’s Tim Martin piles in to No 10 ‘hypocrisy’ as sales crash

Trading update from pub chain shows like-for-like sales to mid-January down 15.6% on previous year

Last modified on Wed 19 Jan 2022 09.01 GMTPub chainJD Wetherspoonhas criticised the government’s “hypocrisy” for holding parties at 10 Downing Street while restrictions forced pub sales to crash.Wetherspoon also said the latest plan B restrictions brought in at the start of the Omicron wave of infections in December had depressed sales over the crucial festive period in the hospitality sector for a second year running.

The pub chain, run by chairman and founder Tim Martin, directed its ire at the government over “partygate”.Wetherspoon said “there would have been a number of advantages for the nation” if pubs had been open on 20 May 2020, the date on which embattled prime minister

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The party is over when the Wetherspoon's boss is opposing you Boris The Brexit dogs really are turning around on the sled PartyGate Note to Number 10: Next time take your suitcases to Wetherspoons to be refilled. Maybe he can stop buying up lovely old pubs and turning them into soulless airport lounges then.

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My GD at Uni says they only go to W'spoons because it's cheap booze & the food is just palatable... Apart from the usual Fast Food outlets, there's not much else 😲 Criticism from an expert Well this man is hypocrisy in himself! Hypocrisy? Takes one to know one. I have been to a spoons 3 times in 2 years.... when dangerous Tim is gone I might have faith in their standards again and return.

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Wed 19 Jan 2022 08.59 GMT Last modified on Wed 19 Jan 2022 09.01 GMT Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has criticised the government’s “hypocrisy” for holding parties at 10 Downing Street while restrictions forced pub sales to crash. Wetherspoon also said the latest plan B restrictions brought in at the start of the Omicron wave of infections in December had depressed sales over the crucial festive period in the hospitality sector for a second year running. The pub chain, run by chairman and founder Tim Martin, directed its ire at the government over “partygate”. Wetherspoon said “there would have been a number of advantages for the nation” if pubs had been open on 20 May 2020, the date on which embattled prime minister attended a “bring your own booze” party in the garden of No 10. The trading update alleged that Covid-19 controls in pubs at the time “were superior to private parties”. It argued that this was true because “no outbreaks of the virus among customers” were reported in public health data, although it did not cite any specific evidence for the claim. Scientific modelling has repeatedly suggested that limiting crowded gatherings helps to reduce coronavirus infections. The update on Wednesday also claimed that staff in Wetherspoon’s pubs “would have easily dealt with the ‘high jinks’ alleged to have occurred at No 10” and that CCTV in central London pubs would have helped “subsequent inquiries” into the parties. Although the update to the City on Wednesday was not signed, Martin has a long history of using them to hit back at critics or to highlight his personal political agendas, including that ushered Boris Johnson into power. Sign up to the daily Business Today email or follow Guardian Business on Twitter at @BusinessDesk In a statement attributed directly to Martin, he said: “The uncertainty created by the introduction of plan B Covid-19 measures makes predictions for sales and profits hazardous. “The company will be loss-making in the first half of the financial year, but hopes that, with the ending of restrictions, improved customer confidence and better weather, it will have a much stronger performance in the second half.” Like-for-like sales for the 12 weeks to 16 January 2022 were 15.6% down on the same period a year ago, as the rise of Omicron infections for British hospitality businesses. Like-for-like sales dropped by 11.7% and total sales by 13.3% year-on-year in the 25 weeks to 16 January, . Topics