Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Greg Mulholland's attempt to unite the pub trade last year attracted representatives from every conceivable nook and cranny of the industry to a round table meeting where no one dissented from the view that there was a crisis in pubs, that closures were rife and that it could only get worse and that something radical must be done to try to stop the inevitable.

Everyone agreed on everything abut pressures on the trade except that NO ONE would bring discussion about tied beer prices or rents into the discussion. Fair Pint brought this up several times diplomatically and were talked down. ON the House of Commons Terrace afterwards everyone we spoke to privately agreed that pubcos are the root cause of the industry's difficulties but said they are far too powerful to fight and that government would never legislate against them. This is what this industry is up against. Total inertia and log jam within.

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