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14-08-2013, 11:24
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It seems that wonders will never cease – the BBC has at last woken up to the disaster that has overtaken the British pub, and come up with a Newsnight piece about it last night together with this web article (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21713311). Possibly some of the BBC staff have ventured outside their gated compound in Salford and spotted just how few pubs are left in the city.
The article even acknowledges the existence of the elephant in the room, although it also comes out with the usual guff about cheap supermarket alcohol killing pubs, an issue that I addressed here (http://pubcurmudgeon.blogspot.co.uk/2009/02/price-isnt-everything.html) four years ago. As I said then, “the idea that simply raising the price of alcohol in the off-trade will do anything to encourage people to visit pubs is totally misplaced. It’s funny how you never heard all this bleating about supermarket prices killing pubs before the smoking ban and the recession.”
The picture shows the Grey Mare on the main road between Salford and Eccles, not too far from the BBC studios.

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