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Pub News - Ban the lot of them!

BBC NEWS | Politics | Minister attacks alcohol tax rise

Licensing minister Gerry Sutcliffe has suggested the government was wrong to increase alcohol taxes in the Budget.

He told a newspaper pubs were "right to be upset" - but he later distanced himself from the remarks saying he actually supported the price rises.

The Publican - Home - Budget will cause 8,000 pub closures
A pubco chief has today sent out a “Mayday warning” to the government, claiming that 8,000 pubs face closure as a result of the Budget.

Speaking to MPs, supermarket representatives and trade figures in Parliament, Jonathan Neame, chief executive of Shepherd Neame, said there was “visceral resentment” towards government as a result of the tax hikes on alcohol.

"It’s too late to save some pubs. The implication is profound. When history looks back, it will remember two things: the needless loss of pubs and the arrogance and thoughtlessness of government.”

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The Puritans Have WON.

ban smoking, customers dont go in, pubs shut, increase tax to pay for the loss of income from pubs, More pubs shut.

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