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06-12-2015, 19:01
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And no, it’s not the closure of the Forth Bridge (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-35001277), it’s the effect on the licensed trade of last year’s reduction of the drink-drive limit (http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/Legal/Legislation/One-year-on-Scottish-drink-driving-changes-catastrophic), which has recently seen its first anniversary. I won’t say “celebrated” as it’s not something remotely worthy of celebration. The Morning Advertiser site doesn’t allow you to cut and paste, but this summary of the effects makes grim reading.
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As I’ve said before (http://pubcurmudgeon.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/worse-than-smoking-ban.html), feel free to support this in England and Wales. But don’t pretend it won’t have a devastating effect on the pub trade. The supposed “pub campaigners” who favour this are in the same category as the useful idiots who didn’t think the smoking ban would have a negative impact on pubs. If you actually want to support pubs you need to accept them, warts and all.

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