Thursday, January 17, 2008

Boarded Up Pubs about to hit the market

Punch first to report smoke damage

Britain's biggest pub landlord, Punch Taverns, has seen a marked deterioration in trading in the traditionally busy Christmas period as the industry continues to suffer from the impact of the smoking ban and declining consumer confidence. then "We think there is still a lot of unsold beer left in pub cellars and it typically takes until the end of the month to get a proper fix. Tenants in trouble will sell the stocks they have before throwing in the keys."

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9 thoughts on “Boarded Up Pubs about to hit the market

  • I think the last paragraph in this article highlights what’s really going on.

    And it’s nothing to do with having to nip outside for a fag.

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  • i used to the think greens were pinko s like myself got a shock they are the posh anti smokers. do not trust them for a protest vote. id like to have a ” smoke” at a green party meeting . pubs i have a couple of poor ones here , bingo and its all gone up in smoke. why dont we lock smokers up on new prison bats and buy shares in the company. do u think any government people made good money out of this. it looked to simple. no fags bingo and pubs in trouble . these people go low on price and make money.its not the immigrants moving into my country i mind . its the people who hijacked my political beliefs. new labour is the same as MILITANT in the opposite the should be booted out for being a party within a party.when i was ateenager they said labour would never get power again. i fear after this w may never get elected again. i see sup prime is in the dictionary alas i cant find the words socialism or cash they seem to have gone. dirty words.

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  • The government banned smoking because they could not control the lucrative trade in tobacco smuggling, take into consideration the new polish or iraqi, etc, etc shops popping up everywhere, just ask kindly, and you will get the cheaper cig’s and tobacco, and what have these retailers got to lose.. nothing.. if they feel the heat, they are on the first cheap flight out of here, whereas your typical british retailer can’t have the luxury of “foxtroting oscar” out of the UK, because this is their home country.

    I personally expect the government to announce major increases in taxation on alcohol (domestic/home consumption or unless you are a chav, the local park), targeting many of us who now enjoy a tipple at home. Alcohol won’t be measured for inflation, so that’s that problem sorted out. This government or should I say “champagne socialists” are very predictable these days.

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  • This has nothing to do with the smoking ban and everything to do with consumer confidence and a decline in the community spirit that saw the local as the centre of the community.

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  • yeah @shipbuilder, i’m guessing you are non-smoker…

    As a smoker, I went to the pub the other day, and the landlord had a purpose built shelter, with four of these halogen heaters, it was great, the wind was blowing a gale, i was bloody freezing, and you are right, my confidence as a consumer drinking in that pub was diminished. I think the clue is in the article, Christmas, Winter, Cold.

    Incidentally, true story, a friend went to a function at the Labour Club in Lincoln, he went out for a crafty cig, obeying the new laws, came back in and noticed people smoking indoors, he asked the barman, isn’t that breaking the law. To which the barman replied “This is the Labour Club, it is allowed”.

    Shipbuilder, think of all that energy wasted by those halogen heaters, further burdening the poor landlord in higher energy costs. Let’s hope it’s going to be a hot summer.

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  • @Colutd1 said “… do u think any …” and ” “… beliefs. new labour is the …”

    I enjoy reading this Blog because the majority of Bloggers can express their ideas articulately; grammer and punctuation is used whereas “TXT Spk” isn’t. Colutd1, do you regard yourself as a victim of New Labour’s education policies?

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  • planning4acrash says:

    Well then, hopefully beer prices go down also. Maybe that would be more beneficial to me than falling house prices, £3.50/pint last night, rip off!!

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  • 20cigs @ £4.50-£5.00 let’s say 60% tax, so £3.00 to the government per legal pack, whats the tax on a £3.50 beer?, and how many drinks in a night, and how many friends did you go out with, simple multiplier.. and night during the week… sitting out in energy wasting, open to the elements makeshift shelters, especially in the winter, this is the big con as well, as the landlord has to pay the higher energy bills.. it usually takes most people a day to smoke a packet of cancer sticks..

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  • I am a smoker actually, but drinking’s more important…..

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