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Chancellor Darling's beer duty gets him barred from Dave's pub

PUBLISHED: 20:57 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:10 05 October 2010

Chancellor Darling barred from The Albion

Chancellor Darling barred from The Albion

CHANCELLOR Alistair Darling has got the Order of the Boot from an East End boozer that's barred him. Pub guv'nor Dave Chapman has banned him from The Albion in Goldsmith's-row at Haggerston, East London, if he ever turns up, overf the hike in beer and spirit duty in the Budget

By Victoria Huntley

CHANCELLOR Alistair Darling has got the Order of the Boot from an East End boozer that's barred him.

Pub guv'nor Dave Chapman has banned him from The Albion in Goldsmith's-row at Haggerston, if he ever turns up, after alcohol duty was hiked in last month's Budget.

Dave, along with publicans up and down the country, has written to Mr Darling saying he is no longer welcome.

He's even put up a poster in the window (pictured) saying: "We hereby give notice that Alistair Darling, Chancellor of the Exchequer, is barred from this pub until further notice."

Soccer-mad Dave, who named his pub after his favourite West Bromwich team, told the East London Advertiser: "Darling will be solely responsible for closing a record number of pubs by adding 4p to a pint and threatening to raise duty two per cent above inflation for the next four years.

"Supermarkets which can afford to absorb the hike will encourage alcohol binges and under-age drinking on street corners and in parks."

Last year's 'no smoking' legislation has already taken its toll on pubs, with a 10 per cent drop in trade.

The Chancellor's extra duty was just the last straw.

"Our trade is on its knees," Dave adds. "We asked Darling for help, but instead he's hammered the final nail in the coffin of the British pub."

Dave quotes the poet Hilaire Belloc:

"When you have lost your inns, drown your empty selves, for you will have lost the last of England."

The Campaign for Real Ale also slammed the Darling Budget as "a great big nail whacked ruthlessly in the coffin of the British pub."

The Chancellor, they said, has failed to recognise well-run pubs are "the solution to Britain's binge drinking."

victoria.huntley@archant.co.uk


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