Interesting Articles

A collection of opinion pieces from the press reflecting the themes of "The Pub Curmudgeon".

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First they came for the smokers…
Josie Appleton explains how the war on smoking has set the template for state meddling in our lives (August 2019)

It's the economy, stupid
Minimum alcohol pricing could result in people switching drinking to the off-trade, not away from it, says Christopher Snowdon (September 2017)

Ten commandments for the public house
David Butterfield says the perfect pub should provide an alcohol-abetted escape from the modern world (May 2017)

In Defense of Clarity
Jeff Alworth stands up for clarity in beer and says that 'a bright, coruscating beer is a gorgeous thing on its own' (February 2017)

I don't remember signing up for an unwanted mammy... did you?
Ian O'Doherty wonders whether we will always be shackled by the killjoys, the bullies and the eternal-life fantasists of the health lobby (August 2016)

The alcohol figures that just don't add up
Pete Brown argues that the industry has suffered for too long over 'facts' which serve only to scaremonger the British public when it comes to the UK's alcohol 'problem' (March 2016)

‘Binge Britain’ has ended. Get over it
says Christopher Snowdon (May 2015)

We love pubs and churches, but don’t want to use them
Rowan Pelling says we love to complain about the decline of our institutions, but want someone else to do our praying and drinking (April 2014)

A nanny state that dictates what we drink will soon be telling us how to think
Simon Heffer complains that governments now see it not merely as their right, but their duty, to intervene in our lives (November 2012)

Ignore the doctors – cheap beer is one of life’s few pleasures
Government-controlled pricing for alcohol is just stupid, says Graeme Archer - and depressing coming from a Tory prime minister (March 2012)

Time, gentlemen
A poignant elegy on the British pub from the obituaries editor of The Economist (December 2010)

A tougher limit won't help
Yes, drink-driving is shameful, says Stephen Glover. But a tougher limit won't help - it'll simply hit modest drinkers trundling home from the pub (June 2010)

A blast from the past
Paul Chase says that the spectacular comeback of alcohol as a social problem has spawned a fundamentally misguided campaign of neo-prohibitionism (May 2010)

The real age drinking starts
Tim Martin of Wetherspoon's attacks the hypocrisy of ministers and other authority figures who seek to clamp down on underage drinking but admit themselves to going in pubs before the age of 18 and say it did them good (January 2010)

Calling Time
Pubs are now closing at the rate of five a day as soaring energy costs, cheap supermarket alcohol and the smoking ban bite into profits. So which ones will survive - and how? asks Aida Edemariam (November 2008)

A pint and a half sir? You're nicked!
Richard Littlejohn condemns the government's plans to reduce the drink-drive limit as just another excuse to punish, bully and fine us (March 2008)

I am angrier with the government about the smoking ban than the Iraq war
Rod Liddle says that the ban exemplifies all that is wrong with Labour: nannying piety, control freakery and an endless capacity for lies (January 2008)

We like drinking too much, so why do we do it so badly?
Andrew Martin looks at Britain's unhealthy binge drinking culture and bemoans the lost art of moderate drinking (December 2001)

Ministers pander to a misguided populace
Matthew Parris argues that, on many important issues, public opinion is always wrong, and therefore in a democracy any responsible political leader must throughout his career spend much of his time and creative genius in finding sneaky ways to block the settled public will without becoming too unpopular for it. (August 2001)

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