Repeal/Amendment to the Smoking Ban

As an ex Publican I saw first hand the destruction of a once thriving industry. I lay 90% of the blame at the feet of the Smoking Ban. To this end I have a solution.

All pubs, bars, restaurants and anywhere that serves alcohol has to, by law, have a premises licence to trade alcohol. My solution to the smoking ban would be to do the same thing – licence it! The government could use it as a stick to beat the industry with in terms of tax generation, however that would be offset by the turnover that would undoubtedly be increased.

With the licensing would obviously come restrictions; pubs and restaurants with x% turnover on food (say for instance a pub with a 50/50 split on food against drink) would not be eligable for the licence. The scheme in my mind would be for the pubs with the greatest dangers – the drinkers pubs, or the pubs with kitchens too small to give a suitable food offering. Also, the requirements would have to mean that pubs taking part would have to have a set standard of air filtration and extraction, which would again mean investment. However, with the proposition of bringing supermarket alcohol prices in line with the rest of the industry it would offer a greater level of choice.

All my idea is, is a chance to give a bit of choice back to people, there wouldn't be a requirement for every pub to take this on as a compulsory measure, indeed, if pubs felt they were better off catering to the non smoking community then there would be no requirement for it. However, many of the smaller, drinkers pubs have found serious hardship and difficulty in maintaining revenue due to the lack of choice afforded to a large percentage of customers.

Why is this idea important?

As an ex Publican I saw first hand the destruction of a once thriving industry. I lay 90% of the blame at the feet of the Smoking Ban. To this end I have a solution.

All pubs, bars, restaurants and anywhere that serves alcohol has to, by law, have a premises licence to trade alcohol. My solution to the smoking ban would be to do the same thing – licence it! The government could use it as a stick to beat the industry with in terms of tax generation, however that would be offset by the turnover that would undoubtedly be increased.

With the licensing would obviously come restrictions; pubs and restaurants with x% turnover on food (say for instance a pub with a 50/50 split on food against drink) would not be eligable for the licence. The scheme in my mind would be for the pubs with the greatest dangers – the drinkers pubs, or the pubs with kitchens too small to give a suitable food offering. Also, the requirements would have to mean that pubs taking part would have to have a set standard of air filtration and extraction, which would again mean investment. However, with the proposition of bringing supermarket alcohol prices in line with the rest of the industry it would offer a greater level of choice.

All my idea is, is a chance to give a bit of choice back to people, there wouldn't be a requirement for every pub to take this on as a compulsory measure, indeed, if pubs felt they were better off catering to the non smoking community then there would be no requirement for it. However, many of the smaller, drinkers pubs have found serious hardship and difficulty in maintaining revenue due to the lack of choice afforded to a large percentage of customers.

Pub Trade

Society has never been so broken as it is today, few people can name their neighbour let alone others on their street. Driven by a shopping culture of cheap booze, many spend the evening guzzling wine etc locked up in their homes. The governments attempts to kerb binge drinking are futile. People are tanked up before they go out.

Alchohol sold from shops should be heavily taxed per unit, making it a luxury item.

Alchohol sold from public houses should have the tax reduced.

The benefit of this would be a helping hand to the dying pub trade, socialisation of communities. Responsibility back to the land lords who should face the prospect of losing their licence/heavy fines, for bad/drunken customer behavior. Reduce alchohol abuse and the sale of fake goods with regular inspections.

Why is this idea important?

Society has never been so broken as it is today, few people can name their neighbour let alone others on their street. Driven by a shopping culture of cheap booze, many spend the evening guzzling wine etc locked up in their homes. The governments attempts to kerb binge drinking are futile. People are tanked up before they go out.

Alchohol sold from shops should be heavily taxed per unit, making it a luxury item.

Alchohol sold from public houses should have the tax reduced.

The benefit of this would be a helping hand to the dying pub trade, socialisation of communities. Responsibility back to the land lords who should face the prospect of losing their licence/heavy fines, for bad/drunken customer behavior. Reduce alchohol abuse and the sale of fake goods with regular inspections.