Dangerous ‘pub’ tweet drops UK Treasury in hot water

The Treasury has been accused of taking an irresponsible approach to the coronavirus epidemic after a backlash to its Twitter post, hailing Saturday’s scheduled reopening of England’s pubs.

“Grab a drink and raise a glass, pubs are reopening their doors from 4 July,” the tweet read, while a graphic carried the message: “Pubs are back”.

Many of those condemning the post… accused its celebratory tone of being in poor taste given that the virus has killed at least 43,000 people in the UK.

The tweet came as Leicester was put back under lockdown conditions amid a localised outbreak and fears were expressed about numbers of cases being seen in Greater Manchester.

Research conducted on behalf of the hospitality industry has suggested many people across the UK are concerned about the reopening.

The irresponsible tweet certainly attracted the wrath of the Twitterati, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak targeted for criticism:

According to the research, people are less likely to go to the pub as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. But that still leaves plenty of punters ready to risk infection:

And that’s why Sunak and the Treasury have been pilloried.

But Tories will never understand that there is more to life than their personal bank balances.

That’s why they tell us we must endanger ourselves with possible exposure to Covid-19, because it is important for the economy.

They don’t care that nearly 70,000 people in the UK have died so far – people whose lives were worth far more than the price of a pint.

Source: ‘Raise a glass’: UK Treasury faces backlash after hailing pubs reopening | Global | The Guardian

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  1. Hecuba July 2, 2020 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Strapline from the fascist tory Treasury was obviously issued by fascist dictator women hater Boris baby because this is the stupid language he commonly utters!

    So fascist tories want every adult woman and man to rush to the pub and drink themselves senseless because this will ensure all the sales of alcohol and beer will result in yet more money going to the Treasury – oops I mean fascist tories’ ‘money tree!’

    Forget about more than 66,000 women and men have died as a direct result of fascist tories’ state instigated mass murder by ignoring the pandemic! All those women and men are irrelevant because ‘eugenics’ is working so well for the fascist tories and now second round of Coronavirus has already arrived in Leicester and other cities.

    But never mind – fascist tories only concerned with giving our public money to their private male owned corporate companies and enriching themselves at the same time. Democracy? What democracy given little england is now fascist state!

  2. Roger GOUGH July 2, 2020 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    44, 000 UK Covid deaths as of today (2.7.20)

    • Mike Sivier July 3, 2020 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      That’s only the official figure, of course. The actual figure is edging up towards 70,000 by now.

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