Three Bellends pub rebrands as The Two Hemlets in a fresh protest at the government’s Covid rules for pubs (Image: Rockpoint Leisure)
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A pub has rebranded itself ‘The Two Helmets’ in a fresh dig at the Conservative government's handling of the Covid pandemic.
The pub formerly known as the James Atherton in New Brighton renamed itself The Three Bellends in October.
The name was a “tongue-in-cheek” protest against the extra tough Tier Three “Very High” lockdown measures brought in by the government at the time across Liverpool City Region.
The pub entrance was adorned with a picture of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his then senior adviser Dominic Cummings, and Health Secretary Matt Hancock all wearing bells for hats.
Now the pub has rebranded again after Boris Johnson delayed the lifting of restrictions until late July at the earliest, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The pub was renamed last October to protest tough Covid rules in the Liverpool area
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‘The Two Helmets’ has a picture outside of Johnson and Hancock wearing crash helmets.
Mr Cummings left the government last November and recently accused it of incompetence that caused needless deaths during the pandemic.
At the time of the first renaming in October, Daniel Davies, chief executive of Rockpoint leisure, which owns the pub, explained the reason for the protest.
Pub owner Daniel Davies says the government has blamed pubs for the spread of Covid
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He 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.”
Dominic Cummings (left bell) departed the government in October and has lost his spot on the pub crest
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He continued: "While 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."