The Guardian, Comment&Debate, page 30
By Simon Davies, national coordinator of Pubs in Time
The relentless closure of pubs by faceless property companies is an assault on our national heritage.
The virus known as economic rationalism has infected Britain's pub industry. By the time the disease has taken control, much of the environment that so eloquently defines British culture and character will have been destroyed.
Each year more than 250 traditional pubs are closed or redeveloped. The scale of the devastation is such that less than half of British villages now have a local. What was once a vital community hub has now become an endangered species.