Interested Observer and paxalcolico always post mischievously - no point getting into dialogue with either - the implication they promulgate is that there is a silent majority of tied pub tenants out there - thousands of satisfied pubco 'partners' who do not get involved with debate, or comment about the pub sector or participate in public forums - because they are comfortable with the Pubco tenant relationship, and their Codes of Practice. They are busily beavering away making a fair and decent living out of their leased premises, taking holidays at their second homes on the continent, making pension contributions, sending their kids to school, enjoying the long term luxury of their well appointed accommodation above their tied lease pubs, looking forward to selling their business at retirement and living off the proceeds of their life's work.
The reality is very different. Thousands of Tied Publicans do not take part in public debates, they do not comment on forums. They do not read the Trade Press. They do not March on Whitehall. They do not sign petitions. They do not join 'Independent Tenant Representative Bodies'. The thousands of them who do not participate are at work every morning noon and night. Up for the dray, the deliveries and the cleaning. To bed after the break down the washing cashing up. These people are running businesses, they are employing people they are working their socks off keeping their livelihoods going. They don't have time to be represented or to raise a holler to the rooftops about their pubco taking the piss and the profit out of their every waking effort to meet the rent and supply invoices.
This is the way it is meant to be.
And Interested Observer and paxinickerbockerglory just keep sniping around posting snidey side swipes at any and all criticism levelled at the people who have brought Britain's pub sector to the brink of oblivion.