A Merseyside pub has taken a ‘tongue in cheek’ swipe at key members of the Government by renaming itself ‘The Three Bellends’. A new sign outside what was The James Atherton now features an unflattering collage of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his adviser Dominic Cummings and Health Secretary Matt Hancock – all with bells on their heads. The Wirral venue’s temporary rebrand comes after the Liverpool City Region was placed under tier three coronavirus restrictions and amid growing anger at the Government’s handling of the crisis.
The pub’s crest has been changed from a portrait of James Atherton, the founder of the New Brighton area, to a mocking dig at the Conservative trio, as the pub’s owner warned: ‘The gloves are off’. The PM is front and centre in the sign, flanked by Mr Hancock and Mr Cummings, all of whom are sporting unimpressed expressions and have large bells covering their heads.
Downing Street did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Metro.co.uk. Locals have accused the Government of ‘singling out’ Liverpool amid a rise in Covid-19 cases – and many sympathise with the joke at the group’s expense. Daniel Davies, chief executive of Rockpoint Leisure, which owns the venue in Victoria Road, said: ‘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.