The long established, and once bustling, Listons Hotel in Dukinfield closed its doors for the last time in 2011. Now it is being turned into the latest branch of the rapidly expanding chain of Raja Bros 'corner shops'.
Pub closures in Britain are at epidemic levels. The causes include the recession, changes in social habits and the last Labour government's slavish obedience to the EU smoking ban, which put the final nail in the coffin of huge numbers of working class pubs. Other country's government's such as Holland, Germany and Portugal insisted on exemptions for owner operated establishments, small pubs etc.
It's laughable to see smokers stood outside Labour Clubs puffing away in the freezing wind and rain when they literally voted such suffering onto themselves. Their answers as to why would probably be the stock, 'Me Dad voted labour, me Grandad voted Labour...'. Perhaps but I doubt if many of them would now vote NEW Labour.
In any case at least hard working new 'Britons' from the Asian community are capitalising on the destruction of a significant part of our social and working class heritage, a part that was wilfully abandoned by Labour. I believe UKIP are the only party that now support the sensible, freedom of choice approach, of licenced smoking or non-smoking establishments.