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Deputy submits second proposal for post-covid pub promos

Deputy submits second proposal for post-covid pub promos

Saturday 22 August 2020

Deputy submits second proposal for post-covid pub promos


The politician with the campaign slogan ‘Get on the L.Ash’ has put forward another plan to allow bars, pubs and restaurants to offer drinks promotions – this time for a limited period only.

Deputy Lindsay Ash, the Assistant Minister for Treasury and Resources, says his proposal should assist the hospitality industry post-covid.

He suggests that in light of the effects of the crisis, bars, pubs and restaurants should be allowed to offer and advertise promotions on drinks until 31 December 2021. 

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Pictured: Deputy Lindsay Ash believes the hospitality industry should be able to offer promotions until the end of 2021. 

Deputy Ash previously lodged a proposal to allow ‘Happy Hour’ promotions to run indefinitely, which will be debated by States members on 8 September.  

In his latest proposal, which will be debated on 22 September, he writes: 

“At a time when hospitality and tourism is looking to try and make a come-back after the shut-down of businesses during the pandemic, the questions of why promotions on drinks (such as ‘Happy Hours’ or ‘Buy one get one free’ or similar) are not permitted in Jersey has been put back into sharp focus.” 

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Pictured: Allowing drinks promotions would help businesses recover post-covid.  

Deputy Ash is also calling for more transparency regarding the pricing of alcohol in Jersey. 

“At present, there is a public perception, whether factual or not, that pricing and the supply of alcohol to licensed premises is very much a closed shop run by a select few, backed by the Licensing Assembly,” he says. 

In response, he wants the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority to complete a review of the Island-wide pricing of alcohol to provide “much needed clarification” to both States members and the public. 

The final part of his proposal asks for the Licensing Law - which governs the sale of alcoholic beverages - to be updated so that States Members have more say over policies around alcohol, rather than those discussions resting simply with a panel of jurats known as the Licensing Assembly.

Explaining his rationale, the Deputy writes: "Basically, I am undecided as to whether minimum pricing is a good or a bad thing; but it is irrelevant what I think and indeed it is irrelevant what Members of the Assembly think as, under the Licensing (Jersey) Law 1974, we have no rights to challenge the decision of the Licensing Assembly to implement this policy on the island population.

"There are arguments, of course, and a debate to be had, but not a debate that elected Members can participate in to any degree."

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Posted by Scott Mills on
We've had all drinks promotions in the past, so hope the politicians don't come out telling us otherwise. May I remind them of the Buzz Bar button...full price, half price, £1 a drink, free....between 8pm and 9pm. Plus raffles "breaker" nights (wednesday special) 50p a can.
Posted by Tim Le Lere on
As much as I am encouraged by Lindsay Ash’s proposals, I can pessimistically predict that his ideas will be shot down in flames.
The front of the presumed negative outcome will be that alcohol induces violence (which it does in some cases, but why should the whole class be punished just because a few pupils misbehave), and the true reason being that by reducing prices and offering promotions could potentially impact on the tax that the government cash in on by increasing the tax percentage almost every year with their dishonest excuse being that “they are looking out for our own health”.
Why should the majority of sensible drinkers have to pay an inflated price, just because they fancy a nice bottle of wine on the odd occasion?
Posted by David Kingham on
Thats a novel idea, Happy Hour at the pubs etc, bet nobody has thought of that idea before. Route of the problem is greed in Jersey, nothing to do with consideration of islanders health, pure greed. ????
Posted by michelle Hervieu on
I cannot believe that a serving Deputy would Push for a buy one get one free drinking,
"Get on the Lash" offer, there is already far too many people out of control after drinking far too much of a weekend I suggest the deputy comes down to the Weighbridge late on a Friday or Saturday night to see the carnage.
Posted by Valerie Payne on
Can we have live music back instead? I miss listening to the live bands, singers & musicians while I’m out. Also where are all the buskers? Town is dead at night, let’s get back to normal!
Posted by nigel pearce on
It's not the amount of drinking in pubs that's the problem, it's the get tanked up at home on supermarket drinks before going out that's the problem.
Posted by Scott Mills on
Valerie, buskers have to go to an audition in Jersey!!!! and have so many restrictions placed on what and where they can do it, that's why people don't really bother. For instance no amplified or sound system music allowed. Leaving just acoustic.... So what about dancer's other such performers who need music to accompany their set.
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