JD Wetherspoon has told other hospitality operators they are welcome to display a series of posters it has produced giving an alternative view to the government over Covid-19 and lockdown.
The posters feature articles by eminent doctors, scientists and lawyers published in the latest edition of its internal newspaper.
Wetherspoon chairman, Tim Martin, said: “The articles detail how the government is messing up the economy and also the health of the nation.
“We were approached by a restaurant owner in Tonbridge asking if he could display them in his restaurant and were happy for him to do so.
“We are now extending the opportunity to all hospitality operators who wish to download the posters from our website and make it available to their customers.”
Two of the posters do not mention Wetherspoon by name.
Mr Martin added: “More than 800,000 jobs have been lost so far, many in hospitality, so it’s vital for political folly to be highlighted.”
Mr Martin has been a fierce critic of the government’s handling of the pandemic and the “draconian” measures imposed upon the sector.
At the end of the recent national lockdown, when a more stringent tier system was introduced, he lamented the constant changing of regulations.
“The disturbing evidence from the ‘frontline’ is that the constant changes are putting enormous and unfair pressure on pub managers and staff – these are the people who have to implement the rules and explain them to customers.
“Many report that sensible explanations are impossible, because the rules are so contradictory and absurd, especially in view of expenditure of tens of millions of pounds on Covid-19 safety measures by the industry.
“Two statistics stand out. One is that lockdowns simply don’t work, as most medics and scientists know. For example, Peru locked down in military style, but has had a higher mortality rate than Brazil, which didn’t lock down. Sweden hasn’t locked down and has a lower mortality rate than England, which has locked down twice.
“The second astonishing statistic is that the overall mortality rate in the UK this year, from all causes, is no higher than four years of the last 20, yet we did not lock down then, nor was it ever proposed.”
The posters can be downloaded HERE.