It does seem like a dose of Karma - though apparently TM was never against freedom of movement (seems he was not quite so daft as to not know which side the bread was buttered as far as staffing his pubs went).
Wetherspoons certainly divides opinion, it has turned tired old pubs into successful ones and revitalised iconic but rundown buildings in prominent positions in many towns and cities. The flipside of course is that some pubs can’t compete and have to close which is not ideal.
Wetherspoons is a PLC and Tim Martin owns less than 22% of the company, many private investment companies are shareholders so indirectly anyone who has an investment with one of these (ISA, unit trust etc) is part owner of the company!
When visiting France three weeks ago we dutifully bought GB stickers to place on our car as per instructions for visiting EU since Brexit.At the terminus of Le Shuttle at Folkstone it appeared that several other car owners had done the same. All of us in the queue attempted to place said stickers on said bumpers. ( in lashing rain Summertime as per norm) However as most vehicles nowadays have plastic bumpers the magnetic pads obviously won’t stick despite everyone’s best efforts and amidst the “Dunkirk” spirit! Consequently not one of us managed to affix said plates and gave up . GB stickers stayed for entire 3 weeks in our glove compartment and nobody batted an eyelid! We also complied with EU/ U.K. instructions to arrive with paper certificates of our vaccinations and negative pre travel tests results plus current MOT certificates and insurance documents. ( the later as a precaution from reading previous Survive France comments)However upon reaching La Belle France we found we couldn’t even order a jus d’orange without a QR code!!Duly uploaded or downloaded I can never remember which , we felt confident that we really did have all necessary bits of evidence with us plus of course passports stamped and with at least six months still active. …not a flaming bit of it !The return journey was just as much hell with testing pre travel and then having to download / upload locator forms before boarding Le Shuttle with day 2 test codes retrieved from emails on the main computer!!
Now we plan to return at the beginning of October and the whole pantomime begins again BUT now we have to have U.K. stickers!!!Aggh!
Not horrendous at all, super simple and what you do at any café/bar/whatever terrace now. They usually scan it when they take your order. The 4 cafés I have been to since Friday afternoon have all done it and it took about 2 seconds.
We have been taking our friend from Stroud around all sorts of places while she has been staying with us, including 3 “Forums des Associations” over the weekend and all required the QR code. She had printed out her NHS vaccination certificate while in the UK and the paper copy scanned perfectly in all the places we have been to… It was as easy as ours.
The Farmers Market is continuing to thrive, I understand, although it has changed a bit and reduced in size since the council tried to sell it off to the highest bidder! Our local markets here are not the same but are very good - perhaps they are different around you?