Blog: James WilmoreCAMRA brews up a storm at Parliament over tax

James Wilmore | 13 December 2012

UK brewers and beer drinkers are refusing to give up on their fight over beer tax. 

A mass rally, organised by consumer group the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), took place at Parliament yesterday (12 December) - with hordes of disgruntled beer fans getting the chance to meet MPs and voice their displeasure over the duty escalator. 

The good folk from the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) even laid on free beer for those attending, I understand. 

A succession of MPs also addressed the massed troops - including Labour's Hazel Blears. Perhaps an odd choice, given she was part of the Government of the time which introduced the offending tax system? 

Campaigners will have derived some hope from Chancellor George Osborne's recent scrapping of a planned fuel duty increase. The problem is, alcohol is much more of a political hot potato. 

Osborne ducked the issue of alcohol duty in his autumn statement last week. 

But, as CAMRA is the largest UK's largest consumer group with around 145,000 members (i.e. a significant number of voters), plus the 1,000-or-so breweries up and down the country, how long can the Goverment continue to ignore these pleas? 

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