Publican as Pusherman, 1931

“Judging from some of the evidence, one would conclude that the publican was a person whose only ambition in life was to persuade the customers to drink beer and nothing but beer until they are too drunk to drink more, in the most squalid surroundings, and who has no interest in sobriety or inclination to improve his establishment. Those people imply that that if a man gets drunk it is because he was deliberately pressed by the publican to take more than he needed and that if a house is not improved and brought up-to-date it is solely because the tenant or landlord lacks the enterprise characteristic of the ordinary tradesman.”

The Licensed Victuallers’ Central Protection Board responds with irritation to the report of the Royal Commission on Licensing, 1931.

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