Protesters from the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) brought a pub sign to Parliament yesterday to lobby for an end to annual above-inflation tax increases on beer.
Camra believes the beer duty escalator, which will raise the price of a pint by 2 per cent above inflation each year until 2014, is contributing to the closure of thousands of pubs.
It’s the damn smoking ban.
The beer tax rise affects both on and off sales. The smoking ban obviously doesn’t. And one of the things we are seeing is a sectoral shift away from pubs and onto off.