They say that pride is a sin. Some say it’s a deadly sin. I don’t know about that. Pride can be a virtue too. I’m proud of the fact that no matter how much shit has been thrown at my radio show over the last few years, I haven’t blinked. There’s nothing wrong with being proud of being a man and standing up to bullies.
It sickens me to see publicans and restauranteurs on the BBC and SKY News this morning, begging the government to stick to the so-called roadmap and end all restrictions on June 21st. It’s pitiful. It’s nauseating, Where’s the pride?
One bloke, appearing on SKY News, spoke of how his business is hanging on by a thread. He said that if the country doesn’t fully reopen and he has to maintain social distancing in his pub after June 21st, he’ll be finished. He pleaded with the government to stick to the roadmap.
The restrictions have killed hospitality. The reduced capacity means that for many pubs and restaurants, breaking even is a struggle. 10,000 pubs closed for good last year. Thousands more are expected to go out of business in 2021.
A drowning man will do anything to save himself. He’ll kick and scream and grasp onto anything to try and stay afloat. Hospitality is going under, but rather than fight for their lives, owners prostrate themselves on national television and beg for the right to earn a living.
“Please Prime Minister” they cry, “please open up fully on June 21st to give us a chance.”
Why don’t you grow a pair and open up now? Open up! Tear down those ridiculous fucking signs, throw out the hand sanitisers and rip up the floor markings! Burn the facemasks and the perspex screens that you used to separate customers and live!
Yes, live! You have a responsibility to your family, your staff and your community. Be the example.
Take those QR Code stickers and shove them up the arses of your local MP’s. Refuse to ask your customers for their personal details. Do it now. Do it today. What have you got to lose?