Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Pub extensions on 29th April?

According to BBC news, the government is expected to announce that pubs will be allowed to stay open until 1.00 a.m. on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th April without having to get permission from their councils. Apparently some wedding is taking place in Westminster Abbey. Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: "With state-of-the art TV, great food and hospitality, pubs will be right at the heart of the ... celebrations, and are the perfect place to enjoy the day."

Oh dear! On the one hand, we're all binge drinkers if we have 4 or more drinks in a session, but on the other, in an attempt to curry favour with a public already fed up with cut backs, we're given a bank holiday and a pub extension, presumably to nurse our 3 drinks max all day and all evening while waving union flags. Or are we officially allowed to be binge drinkers for the day? With the VAT rise, and the next increase on the beer tax escalator looming, will anyone be able to afford to celebrate? And given the marital record of the family involved, when the inevitable divorce comes along, will they cancel a bank holiday and shut the pubs early to claw it all back?

I think we should be told.

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