Letters to the editor for 2 May 2013

Posh beer

[Re: Peroni’s snub of Wetherspoon is a classy decision, yesterday]

Stephan Shakespeare correctly points out that Miller Brands refuses to sell draught Peroni to both Wetherspoon and to the town of Skegness. Wetherspoon and the town are apparently judged insufficiently “upmarket”. But with regards to Wetherspoon, “upmarket” can’t refer to the standards in our pubs. According to any objective measure, we are of the highest class: we rate highest (at 4.8 out of 5) in the local authority-run Scores on the Doors rating, and have a higher percentage of our pubs in the Campaign for Real Ale’s Good Beer Guide than any other company.

Tim Martin, chairman, JD Wetherspoon


Smoking dangers

[Re: Why plain packages could prove costly for taxpayers, Tuesday]

Matthew Sinclair says it would be “prudent” to wait for the legal outcome of plain cigarette packages litigation in Australia before introducing standard packs in Britain. But like Australia, we believe a government’s responsibility to protect the health of its citizens outweighs fear of litigation from an industry concerned with protecting its profits. The World Health Organisation has called on countries to “stand shoulder to shoulder” and introduce standard packs. Over 500 children start smoking every day in the UK – the beginning of an addiction that kills one in two of its long-term users.

Alison Cox, Cancer Research UK



3.2m people seeking work in France. 11.5 per cent more than last year. And highest since records began in 1996.

The French have the bleakest economic outlook, and are most in favour of a Eurozone wealth tax to fund future EU bailouts.

John Curtice research suggests 16 per cent of Tory voters might vote for Ukip. That’s almost 1.75m people.

In socio-economic terms and grouping, Ukip supporters are more likely to be previous Labour voters.