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No room for St Jeremy - Josh 379

Another completely off topic Corbyn cartoon - he is a bit of a gift really and I couldn't resist. 

H/t to Marcus Leroux and The BBC

Cartoons by Josh

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It's almost entirely as a result of the now monstrous gap between prices and income.
Most pubs active in Cork 20 years ago now are shut, drink driving legislation is not a factor in city locations.

My concentration on pubs may seem a little parochial but the simple truth is: has completely broken down.
In France its the cafe system.

The atomisation of activity is as a result of forced rationing.
The wardens subsequently provide substitute technology to these social animals.
Facebook seems to be the most effective synthetic alternative at this moment.
It's highly likely the Bland organisations foresaw this entire transition to capsule life and therefore planned so accordingly.

Sep 11, 2016 at 10:17 AM | Unregistered CommenterThe Dork of Cork

Students are in debt up to their eyeballs.
The bank has a more direct ( claim on their present and future cashflow, likely to be minimal)

These are very simple observations but sadly true.

Many people come up with 101 theories on what is causing the decline of civilisation but very very few mention the price income gap.
I find this strange.
Now the great banks social engineering efforts to maintain the gap feeds into other tertiary problems but the core problem remains the gap.

Sep 11, 2016 at 11:02 AM | Unregistered CommenterThe Dork of Cork


The decline of the British Pub began in the Second World War when petrol was rationed or impossible to obtain and beer was not always available. It never fully recovered during the post-war austerity and when the availability of disposable income was restored, the habit of pub evenings was broken and progressively harsher penalties for drunk driving began to have their effect.

As for city and town pubs, which as you imply would not have such a high proportion of driving customers, many or most were not owned by their landlords but by the brewers. Decreasing landlord incomes meant 1) pub closures, 2) conversion of many pubs into little more than licenced restaurants, and 3) this change drove away the traditional pub enthusiasts. The rise of home entertainment, and the removal of liquor restrictions from conventional restaurants have meant an ever decreasing market share for pubs competing for the entertainment pound or euro.

Some types of pub are flourishing - the specialist pub selling prime brands and locally produced beers, travellers pubs on main road arteries, city pubs, especially those offering lunches, and so on.

Cork students may be in plenary, but those in similar circumstances elsewhere still drink socially in University pubs or in some city pubs.

Sep 11, 2016 at 12:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterACK

The western world has come to this!!!
It is darkly hilarious if you can remain detached.

Sep 11, 2016 at 12:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterThe Dork of Cork

Penury not plenary. Student meetings are never plenary.

Sep 11, 2016 at 3:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterACK

I think I remember reading the historian Will Durant ( who always gave a sympathetic slant to the money changers) talk of how Ale was always heavily subsidised even after the Glorious revolution.

One needs to keep the wage slave stock fit for some sort of work after all.
Waterborne diseases being what they were.

Sep 12, 2016 at 11:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterThe Dork Of Cork

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