Good campaign but you also need stronger planning laws to protect pubs as important centres for communities. There happens to be a serious lack of pubs in Downham due to the closure of the Green Man, Tiger's Head, and a number of others long ago (McDonalds at the bottom of Bromley Hill).Will this campaign do anything to really protect pubs rather than just giving us cheap booze? Much as I like pubs I do not think they are of such significance that they should pay lower rates than other shops.Of course the best thing you could do to revitalise pubs is to allow smoking inside pubs. It is a shame that the only place to go to have a social smoke is on the streets. It is the ban on smoking that is choking the pub industry, not a few extra pence on a pint - don't try to pretend this is an issue of taxation.
If the Conservatives want to be really daring rather than tinkering with beer taxes they would propose that licensing authorities are allowed a set percentage of pubs as smoking-permitted business, and without adding any dumb provisions such as not permitting food sales in such establishments. Freedom of choice anyone
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