My poll on kids and dogs in pubs closed yesterday and the results are as follows. Based on 181 votes, would you:
Allow both kids and dogs in pubs? 38%
Allow kids bit not dogs? 6%
Allow dogs but not kids? 41%
Ban both dogs and kids? 14%
So 44% of you think kids should be allowed in pubs; and 79% of you think dogs should be allowed in pubs. The canines have it - Captain and The Beer Widow will be pleased.
I've actually changed my own position after some of the thoughtful arguments people have made and would now say that both should be allowed - it depends on the owner/handler, and tighter regulation should be enforced when either behave badly.
Now on to the next poll - one you may think is a bit sarcastic - I hope you think it's rhetorical. After a week of unprecedented hostility from parliament, the health profession and the neo-prohibitionists, there has so far been very little reaction from the beer industry to the Parliamentary Select Committee Report on alcohol. Professor Poontang asked on my last blog post where CAMRA are in all this - as Curmudgeon replied, they're seemingly too busy taking legal action over the issue of the beer tie. They're quite possibly also busy writing their own manifesto for pubs, even though the BBPA have just written one.
And I've not had a single press release with reaction from any brewer, or seen any other industry comment. The BBPA sent me an excellent press release rebutting some key points, and that's all the reaction I've seen.
I believe that 2010 is the year the industry must stop fighting and work together to counter the social demonisation of alcohol. But do you agree? Let me know in the new poll, right here---->