The list Tim Martin’s namechecks

The Irish Times - Business - - BUSINESS | INTERVIEW -

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.

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