I don't know what grieves me more: the fact that we, the beer drinkers
of Britain, still haven't got enough signatures together to force Her
Majesty's Government to reconsider the rate at which they jack up beer
duty; or the fact that a bunch of easily-satisfied train travellers
are within a gnat's whisker of forcing HMG to reconsider the award of
the West Coast rail franchise to FirstGroup.
For some reason, we've only got 87,998 signatures asking the powers
that be to "Stop the beer duty escalator", while 99,909 people want
them to "Reconsider West Coast Mainline franchise decision".
Personally I would like some cheaper beer; and I note with interest
the commitments by Messrs FirstGroup to reduce Virgin's standard open
fares by 15% and to improve standards of catering. Though I think I
will still find the trains to be cramped and wretched toothpaste tubes
with no proper view of the world outside and an alarming tendency to
induce nausea in me. (Much like some of the pubs I survey for CAMRA.)
Meanwhile, I take some scant consolation in noting that a petition to
"Reduce the Gravity in Strong Beers" has garnered precisely two (2)
signatures, with one day to go.
- posted 7 years ago