A piece published on the website of Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), the political party of which I’m the chairman, in August 2019:
Our thanks to Douglas for this:
Does the rot never stop? I was once a proud and active member of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). I can look at the range of proper draught beers in pubs today and know that I played my part in keeping the market there and encouraging choice for consumers.
But CAMRA is no longer about choice. Now they are banning beers which “feature sexist names or imagery.” Whose standards are they employing to determine what is sexist or offensive? Obviously not the consumer’s. Even a name as innocuous as Dizzy Blonde for a light, strong bitter is outlawed as CAMRA convert into the campaign to limit consumer choice.
Abigail Newton, national organiser at CAMRA, said that each of the 1,000 beers, ciders and perries on sale at the Great British Beer Festival had been checked to ensure they adhered to CAMRA’s “charter and code of conduct, which details its commitment to inclusivity and diversity”.
I’m so glad that I am already no longer a member!
Perhaps this is something that Philip Davies, in his new role as beer champion, can help sort out. Consumer choice is about letting consumers choose, not about dictating to them how they are permitted to think while they try to enjoy a drink.
As the editor of Continental Telegraph says:
Banning something that appeals to some slice of that market is thus defeating the point and object of that very market’s existence. Sure, lots of women won’t buy a sexist beer. Some will, as will some men. The aim and art of the whole exercise being to allow those who won’t not to, those who will to.
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