Wetherspoon boss warns over pubs lockdown
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Tim Martin said Holland's actions - admitting that most people will get the virus, while protecting the elderly and sick, thereby building up group immunity - are the best path for the UK.
Mr Martin said: "The difference in keeping the hospitality industry open, even with reduced sales, is colossal.
"The industry contributes £120 billion a year of tax and six million jobs. Wetherspoon alone contributes £2 million a day of tax.
"Lockdown delays the inevitable and destroys the tax base at the same time, which will cripple the NHS and the economy.
"The Prime Minister should show Dutch courage and follow the example of their PM, Mark Rutte - and avoid taking French leave of his senses by following the lockdown example of perfidious Emmanuel Macron.
"The Dutch approach has the additional advantage of being in tune with the robust instincts of the nation. This is evidenced by Wetherspoon sales, which have been positive in the last few weeks in spite of storms and health scares.
"The board continues to plan partially mitigating actions. The company will announce its interim results on 20 March 2020, when a further update will be provided."