Tim Martin Says Wetherspoons Beer Shortage Stories Were Partisan Fake News

The media made plenty of noise last week over the alleged ‘beer shortage’ at Wetherspoons. Both the Independent and the Mirror leapt at the chance to say the chain had “run dry“, with the Mirror then landing its killer blow by insisting this was all “caused by Brexit“. Naturally.

Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin has now pushed back to say these claims are all untrue. The reality is that beer supplies actually remain at 2019 (i.e. pre-pandemic) levels, and that the shortage of a few products over the last two weeks is the result of strike action from one major brewer. Martin added:

“There is clearly a shortage of HGV drivers, both in the UK and in mainland Europe- where, some reports say, there is a shortage of 400,000 drivers. Following the pandemic, there are supply chain issues in many other parts of the world also. In the light of the undoubted problems, it is important that the public is provided with accurate information. Factual inaccuracies and partisan Brexit politics will not assist in finding solutions.”

France, Germany, and Spain are all experiencing an HGV shortage at the moment. Probably down to Brexit too, somehow…

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Tim Martin Claims Telegraph “Misreported” Him Over Calls for More EU Migration

Furious Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin has accused the Telegraph of writing a “false story” about him in today’s paper, in which they claim he has changed his position on immigration in response to staff shortages across his pub chains. The Telegraph also say he now proposes a visa system that will make it easier for venues to hire European workers. Naturally Remainers have leapt on it, accusing Martin of being a Brexiteer Icarus… 

According to Martin, however, the whole thing is untrue:

“I was trying to be helpful to the journalist by providing up-to-date anecdotal information on staffing, which clearly demonstrated a very positive situation for Wetherspoon. However, my comments were misreported. The false story, expressed in the headline “Wetherspoons boss calls for more EU migration as bars and restaurants tackle staff shortage” and expressed or implied elsewhere in the article, was that Wetherspoon was suffering staff shortages, which clearly isn’t true, and that I had subsequently been moved to change my stance on immigration, which, as my evidence to the parliament several ago clearly shows, isn’t true either.”

Guido recommends Tim has a pint and waits for all this to blow over…

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‘Appy News for Pub Goers

Pubs are re-opening for table service on July 4 and that presents some problems. How to order in compliance with the social distancing rules? Wetherspoons has an app for that…

Guido and his team have stress-tested this app and can confirm it works, it directs pints and full English breakfasts to your table and handles payments as well. The guidance from the government requires drinkers’ attendance to be registered in case there is a subsequent outbreak. Using this app will automatically record your attendance at a ‘Spoons. Other functions include a reorder function for rounds when in a group. Distancing rules may unfortunately require the room booking function to be disabled. Co-conspirators in SW1 will find the search function handy to find their nearest ‘Spoons is… 

You can download the app here

*No payment has been received for this endorsement, if however Wetherspoons’ marketing department should want to show their appreciation, please do not hesitate to contact Guido. We are happy to accept payment in kind…

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