The War on British Pubs

by David Richards – ( June 8, 2012

A British pub is much more than a place to get drunk. It is a meeting place, the focal point of the community. Everyone has a ‘local’.
Pubs are the last remnants of community in atomized Britain.
However, due to the crippling effect of government taxation, they are falling like dominos.
Since the start of the financial crisis in 2008, 4500 pubs have closed down. We are currently losing 50 a week.
Many people can longer afford to drink in a pub and buy beer from supermarkets instead. The average cost of a pint of beer in a pub is £3 ($4.75); from a supermarket, it is £1 ($1.55.)
When I was last in England, I noticed the number of people in my local had declined dramatically. In my hometown of 25,000 people, there were about 15 pubs. Now some of them are boarded up, sad shells of their former selves.
When I see them, I think of the life that’s vanished.
Men would talk and joke after a hard day’s work. Those in crisis would receive aid from their neighbours. Young men would have the odd fight (rather than sitting indoors playing sadistic video games). Boy and girls from local families fell in love there.


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