Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

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FEW of us have not at one time or another, when faced with some minor irritation, cried out in frustration, `Why isn't there a law against it?' Our lawmakers, we hope, will always take a more considered view, balancing liberty against the elimination of the public menace involved. Unfortunately, though, things do not always happen that way.

One of the little annoyances of modern life, mentioned before in these pages, is the way that catering chains replace long-established public-house names with rather silly concocted ones like the `Slug and Lettuce' or `Ferret and Trouser Leg'. Pub names belong to neighbourhoods, so what right do Messrs Mega Inns have to take them away from us?

Like Henry II muttering to his noblemen `Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?', we never really intended that government should act on our whimsical suggestion. …

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