Friday, 12 October 2012

Back to 1914

The Government has announced that it is spending £50 million to mark the centenary of the First World War in 2014.

There are proposals to shut shops and cancel sporting fixtures on the day itself. I've got another idea. In 1914, the average original gravity of English beer was around 1050º (compared to around 1030º now) and the average price of a pint was threepence, equivalent to about £1 now. The Chancellor should suspend the duty on beer brewed for that day so that pubs can sell it at 1914 prices. If he doesn't, I suppose it'll have to be Wetherspoons with CAMRA vouchers for a pre-WWI priced pint.


  1. Oh no! We've just got through Titanic year, even though that was by no stretch the worst maritime disaster, and jubilee year, celebrating a woman growing old. £50 million is a lot of money.

    Why don't you set up an online petition with your idea? It's a good one.

  2. "£50 million is a lot of money" - why yes, it's, um, about £2 a household.

    I genuinely don't think that's much to remember one million dead UK citizens alone - overwhelmingly working class, of course.