Saturday, March 29, 2008

Why The Tie?

The beer orders were brought in to moderate the behaviour of brewers who owned large numbers of pubs whose tenants were obliged to buy beer from the brewer and no one else.

This was done to make sure that an element of fairness lived in the relationship between the freeholder and the lessee; and to make sure the freeholder could not inadvertently find itself in the position of being a monopoly implementing fixed prices and setting rents that did not reflect market conditions. IN SHORT the beer orders were introduced to ensure fairness and healthy competition in the PUB marketplace and to encourage the healthy continuation and sustainability of a culturally essential, historically important, quintessentially British industry that is internationally recognised as a vital part of the UK psyche and economy.

The beer orders were brought in to weaken the legal construct of the obligation placed on a tenant of a brewery owned premises to buy beer only from that brewery.

We all know this don't we?

Why then do we all still accept that the tie is OK in any way shape or form?

The tie must be made illegal.

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29 Mar 2008 22:16
edward carpenter
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RE: Why The Tie?

Mark,you are absolutely correct in EVERYTHING you say. I genuinely have doubts as to the legality of the tie under The Competition Act.

What is certain is that a monopolistic situation DOES EXIST albeit semantically refuted by the OFT, to whom I have written on a number of occaisions on this issue.

It is because we are individuals with no collective muscle that this obscene practice continues.

I have advocated not buying in tie for a period of say one month.

If sufficient Starship and Judy lessees did this then the aforementioned would be on their knees begging to negotiate. Without collective bargaining this won`t happen. The only realistic hope is with MP`s sympathetic and raising the issue,pressing for a re-investigation from within that place Guy Fawkes so unfortunately failed to remove.

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29 Mar 2008 23:26
Stephen Corbett
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RE: Why The Tie?

Mark, I can’t think of one good reason why the tie should still exist? It doesn’t protect the brewers anymore and it certainly doesn’t assist the tenants. Apart from legal reasons, why do we need the tie?

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