8th April 2009
The London Evening Standard highlights the 'civil war' in the pub trade, "as pub companies blamed the Government for the loss of 60,000 industry jobs over the next five years while independent publicans said it is the giant pubcos that are guilty of selling out the traditional British boozer".
However Fair Pint claims Punch has been trying to sell pub sites to supermarket chains, while Enterprise is accused of selling pubs with the express proviso they cannot be run as pubs in the future.
Responding to British Beer and Pub Association claims that the Government is responsible for the threat to the sector, Fair Pint campaign's Steve Corbett said:
"Once again, it seems that the BBPA's public position is a dishonest one. After spending so much time and effort to try to convince MPs that supermarkets are hurting pubs, we find out that the pubcos are closing more pubs to sell to Tesco and other developers."
Read the full article on the Evening Standard's thisislondon website: