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The death of the Great British pub

Want to see the British pub survive? Then you need to figure out a way of stopping the cultural vandalism by Brussels and the Europhiles or you too will be swapping the boozer for the bistro

by Andrew Ian Dodge on 3 December 2012 16:58

Any regular visitor to – and in my case former resident of – London has surely noticed the slow death of pub culture. Local pubs are disappearing at an alarming rate replaced by wine bars, cafes, and even flats. It has gotten to the point where it is now noticeably more difficult to navigate the streets by using pubs as landmarks.

Now there are various reasons proposed as to why this is happening – from the smoking ban to the high price of booze in pubs. And it is clear both are major factors.

But notice that neither is the fault of the pubs. So who would gain from the killing of pub culture in the UK?

It certainly won’t help the health of the nation now that people are drinking at home and in larger quantities – or even worse getting tanked up at home before they go out to keep the cost down. (To try and combat that phenomenon the coalition is introducing the daft idea of Minimum Alcohol Pricing.)  And people still smoke but now they have to risk pneumonia to do it. So why bother getting rid of such an important part of British culture?

I have come to the conclusion that it is all part of a campaign by successive governments and their allies to make the UK more “European”. Instead of the dark, smoke-filled pub with decent ales and proper pub food they want the streets of the UK to be filled with cafes and soulless bars. Some say the UK has done its own twist on cafes, but I am not buying it. These people want to turn Britain’s streets into something that looks very different to the streets of old.

Surely it is incredibly shortsighted. Why would you come to the UK without pubs? Surely that is one of its attractions and charms. There is nothing better than spending a winter’s evening in a pub with good cheer, good beer, and maybe a dash of music. If all pubs are turned into soulless bars that can be found almost anywhere on the planet this country loses something that makes it so attractive to visit.

Want to see the British pub survive? Then you need to figure out a way of stopping the cultural vandalism by Brussels and the Europhiles or you too will be swapping the boozer for the bistro.

Read more on: andrew ian dodge, European Union, pubs, minimum priced alcohol, and alcohol
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