Friday, 5 December 2008

Axe The Beer Tax

Qui nos rodunt confundantur  (May those who slander us be cursed)
et cum iustis non scribantur!  (and may their names not be written in the book of the just!)
 - in taberna quando sumus (when we are in the tavern) - Carmina Burana, Carf Orff.

I have been neglectful in voicing up over this.

A worthy campaign to Axe the Beer Tax in support of the traditional British Pub.

I consider traditional British Pubs to be all our Parliaments, were free citizens can sound off, debate and socialise in a place run by and under the authority of the Landlord, not some prod-nosed State lickspittle - an environment not limited by the diktats spewed forth by the Tyranny of the Majority, or, in our case, Minority of killjoys and self-loathers.
They have the following 5 demands in their manifesto:

  • To stop plans to increase beer tax by up to a third

  • To enforce existing laws – not create new ones - to deal firmly with irresponsible drinkers and premises

  • To end the irresponsible promotion of alcohol in supermarkets, pubs and elsewhere

  • To trust responsible adults to make informed choices about what they drink, not punish them for the actions of an irresponsible minority

  • To support the British pub as a vital part of social life in local communities.

  • I would say that the third demand is quite hard to square with my views. I think they should look to remove State Corporatism and bias to any particular sector. If pubs have to rely on the State preventing competition then something is wrong, but I understand their jist. The end result is a level playing field, so the best thing is to not find something to level up the pubs but to clear away the apparatus used to build up the competition. If you compensate State meddling with more meddling, you end up with yet more. Strip it away.

    p.s. If local councils stopped moaning about public urination and installed simple metal pissoirs, we might see less of it - pissoirs were first installed in Paris for the very purpose of preventing public urination. If you have people leaving pubs anywhere but round the corner to their home and no public facilities, what do they expect to happen?

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