The £1,000 (£32.25 per day) grant to wet-led pubs compares with the £7,000 per day they recently defended paying those working on the Track & Trace programme.
The 3m of us working in hospitality understand the role we can play in helping to get humanity back to normal given the chance.
The failure of Track & Trace and its contribution to not allowing us to do just that will not be lost on many, despite just 3% of Covid-19 cases being traced our way during pub opening.
Sat in a tier three community pub, it is easy to think the Government are conspiring against you, especially given the incredible work many have done at the heart of their community this year.
So what else have we learnt lately?
- That fans attending football matches are able to enjoy a beer without the need of a meal. The same for theatre and opera goers.
- That it is okay for crowds to gather for the opening of TK Maxx but not to have a socially distanced pint in a pub
- The consumption of a pork pie somehow makes you immune from Covid-19. As does drinking coffee in a Welsh pub, but not beer.
- That dog groomers are able to open for the sake of dog welfare, but not it seems a great British pub beer garden for a pint and a natter as the perfect cure for loneliness.
- That Tesco’s very welcome business rates rebate repayment equates to £14,000 per pub and brewery.
But there is much more at stake than the future of the community pub. In most cases, smaller breweries are separate entities to pubs but their success is inexorably linked.
Brewing is a British manufacturing success story, brewers are a force for good across the land. Brewers of all sizes support 400,000 jobs, pay £4bn a year in beer duty – up to 50% of their turnover – are a major exporter and help give communities an identity the length and breadth of Britain.
As a manufacturing sector we should be cherished and celebrated.
As you read this, good beer is being poured down the drain as pubs understandably cancel orders after the reality of lockdown hits home. Whilst this is the third time mass beer disposal has been undertaken in eight months, despite our best efforts there has been no specific Government money for breweries. None at all.
You see people in their true light in a crisis. Normally I prefer cock up theories to conspiracy, but a combination of no science and no support points firmly to the latter.
If that is the case we all have an even bigger battle ahead. For the good of communities across the land we will need combined energies of every one of those 3m to show Government how valuable to Britain we really are.