Ministers today called for Labour to apologise for all the community pubs that closed their doors thanks to the Labour Government’s policies.
Official figures show there was a net closure of 3,530 pubs across England under Labour from 1997 to 2010.
"Labour hiked taxes on pubs and did nothing to stop unfair loss-leading by supermarkets" said Grant Shapps, Minister for Local Government.
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I would be interested to see the amount of pubs that closed down since the smoking ban came into force. An overturn of the smoking ban would do wonders for the pub trade, Mr Shapps. Or even legislation that we see in Spain. But no, it's the big bad supermarkets to blame.
Because 'loss leading' is a new thing, isn't it?
Action must be taken then...
From the Localism Bill, due to be introduced in November,
There will be a ban the sale of alcohol below cost price, helping protect local pubs from unfair ‘loss leading’ by some supermarkets.
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
Next week, expect the announcement of a wanking tax.