Thursday, 26 August 2010

The truth will out

Obviously the guardian of political correctness and received wisdom at the BBC had a day off and this article about the decline of the pub trade in South Wales somehow slipped through the net.

Licensee Colin Davies of the Clydach Vale Hotel, Tonypandy, is quoted as saying:

“It's terrible and these are sad times for everyone.

“In my opinion, it all comes from the smoking ban. We really noticed a huge difference. Our customers just stopped coming.

“People in the valleys don't want a gastro pub - they want somewhere they can come and have a drink, a smoke and chat.

“I'm lucky - I've just finished paying off my pub's mortgage. If I hadn't, I think we'd be closed now. Two more pubs have closed here and I know of others that are struggling.

“Once these pubs are gone, they usually just become derelict and it affects everyone. People who have been meeting for years have to stay at home and for many, particularly older people, it becomes very lonely.”
That sounds all too typical of the experience of working-class communities the length and breath of Britain. Even Iain Loe of CAMRA grudgingly admits that the smoking ban might have had something to do with it. What a pity he didn’t recognise that three years ago, really.

However, all his comments about pubs diversifying to survive sound very much like pissing in the wind. If your core trade has fallen off a cliff, no amount of serving school dinners and running a post office will make your pub viable. And, of course, all too many pubs have gone the whole hog and diversified themselves into private residences.


  1. "diversified themselves into private residences"

    Inspired. :)

  2. “In my opinion, it all comes from the smoking ban. We really noticed a huge difference. Our customers just stopped coming."

    The bastard! The utter bastard! How was this piece of garbage 'information' allowed through onto the open airways? Everybody knows that pubs have done much better since the smoking ban. Millions of previously-excluded non-smoking people started going to them. How dare he say that!! Why didn't anyone stop him going off-message? Because it sends entirely the wrong message.

  3. There is still plenty of well
    funded life in fake health freaks
    propoganda yet.
    Last night one of my top underover
    agents handed me the latest glossy
    brochure...on "ILLEGAL TOBACCO".
    This was a VOGUE quality production
    even the pages inside were 140gsm
    photo quality paper.
    This was one of HMGs/NHS best
    to date.Unlike benefit and welfare hand out material its only available in English.
    Hopefuly one of the freedom or tax payers sites will post this
    Goebbels class piece for all to

    PS A very usefull little feature
    for attracting the wrong kind of attention to appeasers pubs
    A snitch(anon) freephone number


    Pipe of Peace


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