The list Tim Martin’s namechecks
Wetherspoon’s pro-Brexit chairman, Tim Martin, resides at the more colourful end of the businessman scale and the pub group’s latest trading statement went on some characteristic detours.
1 William Shakespeare. Martin starts off with a little Macbeth and what it might say about post-Brexit trade. “If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then to me.”
2 Warren Buffett. The “world’s greatest investor” is quoted – “forecasts tell you a lot about the forecaster, but nothing about the future” – in the interests of rubbishing anyone daring to say Brexit is going to have a bad impact on the UK economy.
3 Tony Abbott. The former Australian prime minister gets his own appendix for his Spectator article on trade.
4 “Man on the Clapham omnibus.” The public understands everything a lot better than Oxbridge economists, Martin explains, hence the Brexit referendum result.
5 Hospital staff. The staff of the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital get a thanks for treating the Wetherspoons founder after his burst appendix, which is a nice touch, although not typically the kind of information found in a stock market earnings update.