|Simmonds attempts to pull a pint while claiming she left the BBPA with 10K fewer pubs than when she started in 2009|
Brigid Simmonds, CEO of the British Beer and Pub Association BBPA, has "credentials" Simmonds started the job at BBPA in 2009 since when the BBPAs members have run down and flogged off over 10,000 pubs and no one barely batted an eyelid. Some credentials really, when you come to think of it: Brigid Simmonds, a person truly clueless about pubs; a person who will never, ever feel comfortable in a pub; a person bereft of understanding of pubs; a person to whom pubs are a foreign thing, a social construct they do not relate to or understand, such a person is ideally suited to Fronting the organisation responsible for the industrial scale rendering of pubs into alternative use, to pay interest on debt.
Any other kind of person, anyone with an inkling of the dynamic social value that pubs bring to communities, any one else could not possible do a job that requires absolute criminal negligence to carry out.
No doubt the incoming BBPA CEO, Emma McClarkin, is as anodyne, distant and insouciant about pubs as Simmonds. A professional career of being able to repeat what you're told what to say being prerequisite for the job.
|Excerpt from BBPA website. No mention of its members asset stripping pubs and selling them for alternative use. Just tax.|
Meanwhile, having presided over the death of significant parts of British cultural heritage what better place for Simmonds to go to than betting and gambling? Where pretending that the harm gambling and betting does to society is but a small part of our vibrant leisure industry and healthy economy...
"RGA chair and bet365 co-CEO John Coates hailed Simmonds’ “outstanding track record” in her career to date.
"Darling added that her credentials with the Beer & Pub Association “speak for themselves”.
“She will bring great insight to the new association as it focuses on building public trust in gambling."