One commentator asks if I bother to read the contributions you make to the blog. The answer is an emphatic Yes. I haven't replied to comments until today as I don't want to stifle debate or seem to have the high-handed last word on any subject.
But to prove I do read your remarks, a few replies:
"Anonymous" says I'm wrong in every respect in my defence of the tied-house system. But as he doesn't say why I'm wrong I can't really reply. His views would be welcomed.
There was some criticism of CAMRA among you. One contribuitors says the campaign is stuck-up and engenders a "us and them" attitude to beer drinking. CAMRA, in common with any consumer organisation, is not perfect but that seems a curious criticism to make. CAMRA stages dozens of beer festivals every month aimed at general beer drinkers, not just its own members. It's about to become 100,000-strong. Doesn't sound like an elitist body to me.
As for the size of the Wells & Young's beer fridge -- I said 1,500 square feet, I will check that out. Figures were never my strong point.
Keep them coming -- and thanks.