Pub profits give George Osborne three times the amount a landlord gets
When George Osborne was booed by thousands of people in a stadium this summer, it was one of the few times this fair isle felt truly unified. Still booing, however, is our pub landlords. And rightly so.
Figures suggest that that blithering shit hamper at the Treasury is siphoning off an astonishing £145,000 a year from each landlord in tax, per year. That's according to Enterprise Inns, who point out that Gideon is making three times the amount than each pub landlord.
The reason for this is preposterous beer duty, which stands at 55p from each £3 pint, not to mention VAT, business rates and employment tax.
Chief exec Ted Tuppen said: "It’s dreadful. On average the publican, our tenant, makes £45,000 a year. The Chancellor, from duty, VAT and everything else, gets £145,000. We’re just a tax collector for the Government now."
He added: "If they ever did anything about beer duty the health lobby would be down on them in a shot." But sod health lobbies right? We want our lovely booze and, besides, the pub is a much more vital cog in the community than some berks in ill-fitting suits down in Westminster.
In the past few years, beer duty has rocketed up by 42% and in that time, pub closures has hit 7,000 mark, which is ludicrous. Worse still, beer duty is expected to go up by a further 2% on top of inflation next spring.