I have to admit I was not sure whether to laugh or cry when I first learned of the news
that JD Wetherspoon
– the UK’s largest, cheapest and most well-known pub chain – has introduced a 'Veto Ale
' to celebrate Cameron's “patriotic act
” at the last European Council meeting in December
Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin, a longstanding Eurosceptic
, was expectedly delighted with the stunt: "Veto Ale is a traditional English bitter and a perfect example of a great beer style that you can drink and feel proud to be British,
” he said.
"I believe that David Cameron has taken the right decision on the Euro and that customers in our pubs will salute this with a pint of this excellent beer.
While I should note that I haven’t yet had the chance to sample the tipple myself, I wonder that - like the veto - it will initially taste rather nice and satisfying, but then as realisation begins to kick in (perhaps after two or three pints) you start to realise it’s not so fabulous and you will seek something else – perhaps something more European??