Nightclub group's criticism of the trade is hypocritical

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Dear Editor, As someone who has worked in pubs, nightclubs and hotels I was interested to read your front page article about the views of later...

Dear Editor, As someone who has worked in pubs, nightclubs and hotels I was interested to read your front page article about the views of later opening in pubs expressed by the British Entertainment and Discotheque Association (The Publican Newspaper, March 5).It seemed blatantly obvious to me that there is a feeling of sour grapes from the people at BEDA and no matter how they try to hide this with tales of extra violence and trouble, it is clear that they are worried about the competition and the potential effect this will have on the nightclub industry.I think they should take Brian Rees' quote to heart when he says they would be advised to focus on their own clubs before they start attacking pubs. In all my experiences pubs have far stricter controls on alcohol, drugs and violence than any nightclub I've worked in. All the pubs I have worked in have made an effort to make sure they are within the law and all the managers I have worked have been extremely fearful of losing their jobs if their pub was ever in trouble with the police. In contrast I have worked in nightclubs where staff have openly peddled drugs to customers, actively encouraged drinking games, turned a blind eye to people's ages and have let people who they know have violent tendencies.I know this as a fact and then I read about Steve Thomas claiming that his concerns surround standards in the pub industry. He then goes on to say that he wouldn't want his child or anyone else's child to be placed at risk in a pub. Instead, he seems, that he'd be happy to expose them to all the problems in nightclubs. I know where I'd prefer young people to drink.I think Steve Thomas is being a hypocrite in his views and I would suggest the pub industry challenges him over his comments. Why should he get away with slating pubs when it is quite obvious that all he's trying to do is safeguard the profits of the club industry.Name and address withheld

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