Political Philosophy

Policing of the trade: fears over new plans

Licensing plan an 'attack on natural justice'

By Martyn Leek, M&C Report

A group of influential pub industry leaders has launched a stinging attack on the Government's new licensing proposals, labeling the new initiatives...

Coulson: law needs to be more user-friendly

Licensing to feel the pinch

By Peter Coulson

Most licensing authorities in England and Wales don't have an online option, despite the deadline passing six months ago, says Peter Coulson.

Mephedrone: to become a Class B drug

Pubs welcome mephedrone ban

By Lesley Foottit

The pub and club industry has welcomed Government moves to ban "legal high" drug mephedrone, which will become a Class B drug. Mephedrone, sold as...

Alcohol: most people don't want higher tax

Public opposes higher alcohol tax

By John Harrington

Just 27% of adults think the Government should tax alcohol more heavily to encourage people to drink less, according to a survey of 4,486 adults.

Benner: disappointed in mediation failure

Camra: Government must act on pubcos

By Ewan Turney

Government and Competition authority intervention are now the only routes to resolving the great pubco-tenant battle, says Camra.

Code would force pubs to serve smaller measures

Councils back pubs over mandatory code

By Ewan Turney

The Local Government Authority has voiced its support for the pub industry against a mandatory alcohol retailing code. The LGA said that the code...

Licensing Act review inquiry is underway

Councils want licence review right

By Ewan Turney

Local councils want the right to be able to call for a licence review and have the chance to reject Temporary Events Notices - they also want the Government to reimburse the £102m implementation costs.