Saturday, 6 February 2010

Now We Have a Minister For Pubs?

A report in the News of the World says that John Healey has been appointed to the above position - presumably to allow John Healey to feel he is part of the 'inn' crowd?

"A government source said: “John is the perfect man for this job. He much prefers a pint of bitter to a glass of claret. There are very few people in the Cabinet you could imagine in a pub on any dday [sic] of the week. But you can just picture John at the bar with a pint in one hand, a packet of pork scratchings in the other and darts in his top pocket. This makes him the perfect person to make this position meaningful and not just a gimmick.” WTF - 'not just a gimmick'?

Leaving to one side the statement by 'a government source' - the whole idea is a 'gimmick' when one considers that the smoking ban is probably the most contributory factor in the decline of pubs and is the result of a decision that Healey's party introduced by the simple act of reneging on their manifesto commitment.

The government forgets yet another simple fact - a decent pint does not have a lot of 'froth' - something this announcement most definitely does have a surfeit of!


Dick Puddlecote said...

Just checked his voting record and he was absent for all meaningful divisions on the Health Act, quite rare for a Labour MP. Still a gimmick, though, unless he actually tackles the smoking ban problem.

It's OK talking of darts in his top pocket, but darts leagues in my area have lost 50% of teams since a certain piece of legislation in 2007.

Trooper Thompson said...

Sounds like Labour's gone through the famous maxim: 'if it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it, if it stops moving, subsidise it'.

So now we get to the subsidy part, where, having destroyed much of the pub industry we get to hear some twat pontificate on the important role played in 'communities' by the local pub. Can't wait.