Noted pseudo-liberal Tim Farron has clambered onto the "Save Our Pubs" bandwagon - anything for a vote or two! But, while he backs freezing beer duty and supporting (in some unspecified way) brewers, he also thinks that the County Council should hand out grants to pubs to "take on community facilities"
"It is important that we work hard to save our local pubs. I think that there a few simple steps we can do to really help these community assets. We need to freeze the beer tax, support our brewers and give small grants to pubs to house community facilities. By giving community pubs a small grant, we can help rural pubs diversify and bring back vital community services. I want to see the County Council back this scheme and commit to supporting rural areas."
Pubs are businesses not "community assets" and promising a few grants will go no way to addressing the disaster visited on pubs by Tim Farron and other MPs - the smoking ban.