In an exclusive Publican’s Morning Advertiser interview, Hayes said that politicians are often swayed by how busy pubs and clubs in London are when they make licensing decisions.
He said: “Politicians’ vision is of London and how busy it is. The outside world is not like that. Any political party, once they’ve put something in their manifesto, has to deliver it.
Hayes added: “But they lose a sense of reality and some of it is [because they are] working in Westminster.”
He also hit out at plans to introduce a minimum price of 40p per unit, claiming that once the trade gives the Government control over price, it could change every year.
“You can argue for and against [minimum pricing]. You can argue for it to stop the supermarkets discounting ridiculously and selling below cost in some places. Or you can say that if you give the Government control of prices, it might be 40p this year, but 80p next year.”
On the recent merger between BEDA and the Association for Licenced Multiple Retailers (ALMR), Hayes said it was the right decision to present one strong voice for the trade.
“Getting together with the ALMR really was a sensible move. It’s one voice representing lots of retailers
operating single units or multiple units, and singing from one hymn sheet now,” said Hayes.