‘Pathetic little bedwetter’ Boris Johnson – what the industry was tweeting about second lockdown

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Social post: industry leaders have taken to Twitter to show their thoughts on the national lockdown
Social post: industry leaders have taken to Twitter to show their thoughts on the national lockdown

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Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement of a second national lockdown, set to take place this week, operators have taken to social media to voice their frustration.

The new restrictions are coming into force from 00.01 Thursday 5 November, meaning pubs will have to shut their doors once again yet, education settings can remain open.

Oakman Inns executive chairman Peter Borg-Neal tweeted: “Do you know what Boris Johnson, you are a pathetic little bedwetter.

“Please never compare yourself to Churchill again. You are not fit to clean his shoes. Resign before we force you out.”

Inception Group boss Charlie Gilkes urged people to comply with current restrictions while continuing to support the trade.

Hugely damaging

He tweeted: “Follow the rules, stay socially distanced but please put some money behind the bar in your local pub these next five days. They’ll need it.”

UKHospitality boss Kate Nicholls outlined how the enforced closures will impact the trade overall and firms individually.

She tweeted: “This is going to be hugely damaging for business and jobs and we need more than just a sincere sorry from the Prime Minister I’m afraid.”

Meanwhile, Night-Time Industries Association responded to the announcement with concerns about the impact on the late-night sector.

CEO Michael Kill said: “The announcement from the Prime Minister will leave night-time economy businesses facing a ‘financial Armageddon’.  It is the most horrific of Halloweens.”

“It’s frightening to think that given the gravity of the situation, we are still being given limited communication, consultation or time to respond, or plan around these decisions.

“The entire night-time economy consisting of thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of workers are suffering.

"Their plight is being made even worse by the huge void in financial support for the sector.

"Many of our businesses have experienced extreme financial hardship, been presented with unmanageable operational measures and have in some cases been forced into complete closure since March.”

Slow torture

He added: “We are extremely concerned for business owners, operators, freelancers, creatives and people working within this sector.

"The level of despair and financial pressure this Government has placed them under can only be described as slow torture. 

“As a result we are seeing a substantial rise in people suffering from deteriorating mental health, with many simply unable to support themselves or their families.”

“Without immediate and significant Government financial support and an exit strategy, it is not an exaggeration to say that this will be the final nail in the coffin for many night-time economy businesses.

"And even with support, many viable businesses will be lost. This moment will go down in history as the moment that the Government destroyed a globally significant sector through poor communication and mis-management.”

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