Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Soaking Up the Profits; Your Say

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Soaking Up the Profits; Your Say

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IN reply to Gary Pursley (Beer Tax Mechanism Skittles Us, 23.07.09), of course the Government are partly to blame for the tax on beer but he says you can't blame brewers and landlords - of course they must take part of the blame.

The Government put 2p on a pint, and the very next week the brewers put 5p on a pint. So why are they not to blame? Has he looked at the profits the brewers are making on a product that is 75% water? Where I drink, beer is pounds 1.78 a pint; where I live, one bar sells beer at pounds 1 a pint and lager at pounds 1.50 a pint throughout the day. If one can sell cheap drink, so why can't they all bring the price down? I have yet to see a poor landlord or club steward.

I still think we are one of the cheapest in Europe, he should try Dublin. They can't believe how much we pay for a pint - half the price of what it costs over there. …

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