FORMER panellist on the Dragons’ Den and gym chain owner Duncan Bannatyne has issued a series of tweets criticising calls for the taxpayer to help bail out airlines affected by the Coronavirus.
In a series of tweets whose targets certainly included Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson, Mr Bannatyne said: “Why should UK taxpayer bail out Billionaires? They can do that themselves. Tax payer needs to bail out the poor, the starving, the ill and the disabled that are most effected by this virus.”
He then added “Branson does not need to borrow money from tax payer. He has enough.”
“Billionaires can bail own companies out. Or put them in liquidation where they will be bought by other billionaires that will employ same people.”
All of this was in reaction to the announcement that Virgin Atlantic would be writing to the Prime Minister requesting a credit facility to help them through what could be a long period of little income.