2015: can it get worse for the Lib Dems?

2014 was every bit as bad as it could be for the Liberal Democrats. Not only did the party come much closer than many thought to a total wipe-out in the European elections but a series of disasters combined to leave morale just about as low as it could be. While those Lib Dems involved […]

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A Pubco Scam Primer….

For those people still trying to understand the perverse history of the Great British Pubco Scam, Good Beer Guide editor Roger Protz has written a comprehensive history of the rise of the pubco here. Good holiday reading. He also warns of the likelihood that these parasitic companies will mutate in order to survive. Somewhat disappointingly, […]

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Do They Mean Us?

After weeks where I have been preoccupied with the fantastic Commons vote that will see a Fair Deal for your Local and 15,000 tenanted pubs across the UK, time for a blog on everyday political matters. Political debate this weekend has largely been based on an apparently entirely coincidental attempt by senior Tories and Lib […]

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Thanks!

It’s been a good week all in all – as Tuesday’s tremendous and game-changing Commons vote to give tied publicans a Market Rent Only option to allow them to trade freely shows. Despite some predictably ridiculous scaremongering spin from the failed pubco lobbyists, many journalists were able to see right through it. I got a […]

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Parliament delivers a Fair Deal for your Local

By 284 votes to 269 the House of Commons has voted to insert the Market Rent Option into the Small Business Bill, creating a truly Fair Deal for your Local. Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined it possible to win this vote against a Government whip, although reports that half the 56 […]

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