Blog: James WilmoreGeorge Osborne helps beer campaigners celebrate Budget

James Wilmore | 28 March 2013

A drinks gathering in a London pub this week will have done little to quell the fury of wine and spirits producers, following last week's UK Budget

None other than the Chancellor himself rocked-up for a pint to help the UK's pub and brewing fraternity celebrate his (or may be David Cameron's?) decision to scrap the duty escalator on beer and offer an extra tax cut. 

Photographic evidence here

With the Wine & Spirit Trade Association still pondering legal action over George Osborne's singling out of beer, and the Scotch Whisky Association branding it an “unfair and incomprehensible blow”, I'm sure this gathering will have gone down like the proverbial metal inflatable with this section of the industry.

Cue bottles of Pinot and single malt Scotch being sent to 11 Downing Street? Possibly. 

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