The Office of Unfair Trading?

By Steve Green on Nov 30, 09 05:15 PM

BLOG Toby Jugg2.jpgWhy is the Office of Fair Trading continuing to turn a blind eye to the scandal of tied pubs?

A recent OFT report on the licensed trade estimated that the average tied pub would be between £19,000 and £21,000 better off if managers could buy beer on the open market.

Yet despite its own figures, the OFT is blocking CAMRA's campaign to bring this obvious injustice before the Competitions Commission, claiming there is no significant effect upon pub customers.

CAMRA's head of policy and public affairs, Jonathan Mail, has described the OFT's stance as "a clear example of insufficient and inadequate reasoning", whilst Leeds MP Greg Mulholland damned it as "deeply flawed" and "a dereliction of duty".

Just whose interests is the OFT looking out for, managers already struggling for survival or the major breweries? Let's not forget it was the money grubbing actions of the latter which led to the creation of CAMRA in the first place.


Toby Jugg

Toby Jugg - A former newspaper reporter, Steve Green now works as a freelance journalist and technical writer. He first joined the Campaign for Real Ale in the mid-1980s and currentlyproduces a regular column for Solihull CAMRA in the Solihull Times, under the pseudonym "Toby Jugg".

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