Merseyside pub renamed 'The Three Bellends' in swipe at senior Tories
The pub's new logo depicts Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock and Dominic Cummings wearing bells on their heads
A pub in Merseyside has rebranded as 'The Three Bellends', in a dig at Prime Minister Boris Johnson and two of his closest allies in government.
The pub's owner, Daniel Davies, said: "The government has unequivocally blamed our sector for being fundamental in the spreading of Covid-19, despite there being overwhelming evidence to prove otherwise.
"Our business has been decimated and their lack of action has compounded the problem.
"Westminster's further decision to pick and choose which types of venue may open, based on those serving meals for example, is mind-boggling."
Boris and co have recently introduced a new three-tier system of local lockdown restrictions for England.
These new restrictions were put in place after it emerged that the government's chief scientific advisers called for a short lockdown during September.
The restrictions have hit Covid-19 hotspots the hardest, such as the North West and areas of Liverpool and Manchester.
Labour leader Keir Starmer said he would like to see a two or three week full national lockdown, termed a 'circuit break'.
New restrictions would inevitably hit the hospitality sector even further. Pub landlords such as Davies believe this should be met with stern opposition. Renaming his pub 'The Three Bellends' is a small part of that, Davies says.
"Whilst the renaming of the pub is clearly tongue in cheek, as far as I'm concerned the gloves are off and ministers need to understand the gravity of the perilous situation they have placed us in.
"This is a town that finally feels like it's on the up and we need funding immediately to protect our businesses and support our staff."
Similar thoughts were yesterday echoed by Chris Green, Conservative Member of Parliament for Bolton West and Atherton. Green resigned from his position in government due to its handling of local lockdowns in the North West.