A Welsh landlord has launched a furious tirade against a group of politicians who allegedly drank alcohol during a meeting at the Senedd.
Jonathan Greatorex, landlord of the Hand at Llanarmon, branded the news as an "insult" during a time where the hospitality industry is on its knees.
The Senedd Commission is currently investigating after three Members of the Senedd and a party chief of staff allegedly drank alcohol during a meeting that may have breached coronavirus rules.
At the time of the meeting rules were in place stopping bars and restaurants from serving alcohol and hospitality venues had to shut at 6pm.
The meeting was held between Alun Davies, MS for Blaenau Gwent, Welsh Conservative leader Paul Davies, party vice-chair Darren Millar, and Tory chief of staff Paul Smith. An internal investigation by the Senedd Commission is now under way.
In response Mr Greatorex posted a video on Twitter sharing his anger and frustration felt after months of redundancies and uncertainty for pubs and restaurants across Wales.
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He said: "Hospitality in Wales has give everything it's got to protect the NHS, to save lives, to keep people safe. I speak to hoteliers who have had to make dozens of people redundant, some of whom have worked there for years.
"And there's a supply chain – companies like Castell Howell who have had to make people redundant right through to the lady who supplies my eggs who is having to cull chickens now because the market is not there.
"I really am at the coal face of this and when you read something like that it is so disgraceful. The contempt with which the rule-makers are treating us is atrocious."
In a video posted on Twitter Mr Greatorex vented at the group, comparing the situation to Boris Johnson's former chief adviser Dominic Cummings and his breach of coronavirus rules.
The landlord said: "It's the feeling I think of every single person who works in hospitality in Wales because we give our soul to our jobs. We really do – we were the first to be shut down and the last to open up.
"We were shut with seven hours notice. I had a fridge full of food that I literally had to throw away [in December] and we don't mind doing it. We will do whatever it takes to keep people safe.
"We do take it very very seriously but we make our living out of selling alcohol and when we read [what's alleged to have happened]...there's going to be a visceral reaction.
"Let's not forget that those people have not missed a single pay check throughout this crisis. I have 25 staff who look at me and say: 'How are we going to pay our rent on furlough?' And we have looked after our staff, we really have.
"Those very people are the people who have said you cannot operate and they are doing exactly what they're doing. That's why it's so insulting."
Mr Greatorex, who has owned his pub and restaurant for seven years, added that his pub was subject to strict checks by police and licence officers when he was permitted to trade to ensure customers were kept safe.
He said: "The first two weeks we opened I had two police officers, very embarrassed, come from Wrexham to inspect what we were doing. We had licensing turn up once on a Sunday lunchtime.
"We are doing everything by the book – that's what hospitality does.
"Every single hoop they have put in front of us we have jumped. We've invested in PPE, we've invested in sanitisers, we've invested in signage, we've invested in screens, masks for the staff – everything."
He added: "We as a nation are very tolerant, law-abiding bunch...and we are doing everything that is asked of us but at least lead by example.
"We do everything because people is what we are about as an industry but please don't treat us with that level of contempt because it's not just right."