Smoking bans kill businesses - fact!
Congratulations to George Osborne for seemingly appeasing the people with this latest attempt at juggling the figures but yet again we are left in a great big stinking financial hole called debt! The Sun today trumpets yesterday as a 'Hangover Budget' as Osborne scraps the beer tax exscalator and also reduces the price of a pint by a penny so as to appease drinkers (funnily enough the Morning Advertiser trumpeted similarly!)- we will return to this later.
Osborne also handed out a £100-a-year income tax cut by raising the personal threshold to £10,000 a year by April 2014 — 12 months earlier than the Coalition initially promised. The “historic” action helped 24.5 million people and takes the 2.7 million lowest-paid workers out of income tax.Wowee!
But, yesterday’s blueprint will leave the 'average man in the street' — a single person in full-time work on £19,000 a year — around £75 a year better off. (is the 'average person' on £19,000 per annum then? I'm afraid that I know an awful lot of nurses etc that would simply love to be on £19K per annum!)
However, official statistics show real wages will be 2.4 per cent lower in 2015 than in 2011 — the equivalent of £630-a-year less for the average Brit. Debt to rise to £1,64tr, more austerity & at least another 5 years of financial misery. Cleggs starting point was to cut the subsidies for MPs boozing! The man is unbelievably astute when it comes to cutting back and saving money, after all it is public expenditure (our money) he is saving! Oh, and 'International Aid' (which we may need soon) has been ring-fenced, so no matter how poor we become we can still give money to the likes of Pakistan if it rains or Rwanda if they fancy a war etc! Bloody ridiculous state of affairs. So was it a joyous budget or simply another "BBB" budget?
Now although the shock waves rippling throughout the industry may at last be settling somewhat, let's look at the reality of this situation. The escalator has gone, beer to be cheapened slightly but to whom is that 1p per pint going to make any difference? This is the first sign that government has finally realised that the pub industry has been severely damaged by law-a poorly implemented law at that! Last year we find that beer sales had dropped by another 1.5m pints per day and that beer sales had decreased in each of the past 5 years too! We can easily see that our 'beloved and most generous' Chancellor isn't exactly giving much away when demand is already dropping through the floor at an alarming rate of knots. Perhaps, misguidedly, this is his own "pubs rescue package" - poor deluded fellow.
If another eighteen close this week and another eighteen next week, that'll be thirty six boozers gone, approximately 300 more people on the dole and claiming every benefit possible - and remember the figures (?), every 10,000 unemployed cost this government £1.53m per WEEK in Jobseekers Allowance; hilarious really when you think about the 2.49million already unemployed! Even more hilarious when you contemplate the soon to be arrival of 'x,000' amounts of Bulgarians & Romanians.
I am watching closely for the millions of drinkers to suddenly start returning to the beleagured pubs, but I'm not holding my breath while I wait! I'll die in the process. They claim that public health has improved in the past five years-but they can't prove it. Even more amazingly it now transpires that the Alliance for Human Research Protection has published findings which prove how corruptly this law was forced into being, as:
Wow! Six out of 53 studies..... let it sink in..... a mere SIX out of FIFTY THREE studies can be replicated yet we have a smoking ban that is costing this country an absolute fortune (that we cannot afford at all) and will continue costing as long as the ban continues."100 Amgen scientists were astonished to find that they were able to replicate the results of only 6 of 53 widely cited landmark cancer research papers."
Hang your heads in shame ASH-pointless statement actually as such organisations have no shame whatsoever! And if we continue losing pubs at the rate of eighteen per week we will lose 936 per annum - so in about 55 years time we should be virtually publess & clubless. What a joy that will be folks! Our social outlets gone forever, consigned to the dustbins of history and all down to a bunch of lying, scheming, coniving people who dcided they didn't like tobacco..... and worse still, decided that no one else should exercise their freedom of choice and possibly enjoy such a natural plant!
Mr Williams problem is quite simple, he cannot answer three simple questions:
a)... Death certificate confirming SHS please ?
b)... Proof of one case of longevity, with dates & times
c)... Prove that the smoking ban has not damaged our economy (Traitor)