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His further points include:
- Government costs for pubs, including tax, amount to more than 40% of sales.
- Even after recent duty reductions, a small community pub contributes to government coffers five times its profits.
- For pubs to thrive, the high levels of taxation and bureaucracy need to be reduced.
So, some final questions:
- Why a statutory code when in all other areas of industry, business and finance the government prefers voluntary codes to statutory "burdens on business"? In other words, why is this particular sector singled out for special treatment?
- By getting CAMRA all delirious about an attack on the pubcos, have the government created a massive diversion away from their own responsibility for pub decline?
- And is CAMRA therefore inadvertently letting the government off the hook?