Wetherspoons owner threatens to sack staff if government doesn’t open pubs soon

Wetherspoon’s chairman Tim Martin today threatened the government with job losses if pubs are not opened as soon as possible, in a move which is a surprise to no one that has been paying attention. Conservative donor Martin, who has made £50m from his shares in the company despite its first pre-tax loss since 1984, has expressed concern that the “great contribution” that his company has made to the tax kitty has been forgotten in order to save human lives from Covid-19.

Tory failure: third lockdown as cases spiral

On Wednesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that millions more people in Britain are to face tighter lockdown restrictions, a move made in response to increasing cases and the new, highly transmissible variant of coronavirus spreading across most of England.