As part of my work I have done a lot of driving around the West and East Midlands. One of the most depressing sights are the number of closed (and often vandalised) pubs. These stories are beginning to hit the media.
The general understanding is that they are closing because the smoking ban and tax increases on drinks have driven their customers away - presumably to drink and smoke at home.
So is this a conspiracy to destroy the last vestige of working class social life? Is this our current Prime Minister's Scottish Presbyterian frugality coming through? Are the supermarkets manipulating the policies to increase their sales?
Nope, its just another set of cock-ups from a government that just keeps intervening in our lives.