I think I find this weirder than I might if I ran a pub or a CAMRA local branch but it seems to me that there might have been some unwritten unspoken arrangement between pubs and CAMRA not that far from CAMRA’s national administrative centre in St Albans, Hertfordshire if the pub owners quoted in the Morning Advertiser today are to be believed:
...the Harpenden Beer and Cider Festival will take business away from pubs. They questioned why CAMRA is getting involved in showing football. The Festival takes place at the Harpenden Public Halls from Thursday 10 June until Saturday 12 June, when England play the USA in South Africa. Last year’s event drew a crowd of 2,800. “We had a pubwatch meeting yesterday and all the members agreed that it was going to have a negative effect on pubs,” said Grant Hollier of the town’s Plough and Harrow pub. “We are saying that we support CAMRA because they support beer, but they are taking trade away from us.”
You know how you get my beer money? You do the best job earning it, that's how. I hope that idea is also on the agenda for most "pubwatch" meetings and not just "tips for better collusion" and "keeping an eye on those CAMRA guys" and such stuff. What really grates is that the World Cup is a national and international phenomenon that should rise above who gets how many bucks because, frankly, everybody is going to get a hell of a lot of bucks out of it.
Me? Who has the greater moral right to sell me beer during an event like this? Probably the place who treated me right on a boring Tuesday lunch back in February.