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Letter to the Editor, Wetherspoon News, 23rd December 2018

December 28, 2018 10:30 AM
By David J Gourley
Originally published by Epsom & Ewell Liberal Democrats

The following letter was sent just before Christmas by the Honourary Secretary of Epsom & Ewell Liberal Democrats.

Dear Tim Martin,

I have a feeling that you are not going to print this! Nevertheless, I must get what I have to say off my chest.

Your magazine has been delivered to our house. It was not requested. However, I would have been happy to have received it, had it not been a pro-Brexit propaganda sheet.

Up to now I have quite liked Wetherspoon. I have from time to time enjoyed a meal and a drink in one of your pubs and have generally been satisfied and liked the fact that there is no music. Your company has done a good job of adapting and thus preserving some historic buildings, including in Surbiton, not far from where I live.

I was aware that you are a prominent Brexiteer and you are of course as entitled as any other individual to expound your views, including in the media. What I find surprising is that you are using your company as a vehicle for your opinions. Wetherspoon is thus clearly identified as a pro-Brexit company albeit the 48% of us who voted 'remain' will include many of your customers and, I daresay, a fair number of your staff. Let me add that I would not expect either that a large customer-facing company such as Wetherspoon would propagate the 'remain' cause.

You purport to be fair to both sides, printing articles from three Brexiteers and three remainers. However:

It seems odd to me that a company such as Wetherspoon, whatever the personal views of its founder and chairman, is happy to alienate customers who from your perspective are 'wrong' about Brexit. I find myself wondering, as a 'remainer', whether my custom is wanted by Wetherspoon. And whether I want to go on giving it that custom.

David J Gourley