27Sep
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Bureaucracy is Emptying London’s Bars

 

People of New South Wales, you are not alone! Londoners are now suffering from the same oppressive bureaucracy which has emptied areas of Sydney. Bars, restaurants and clubs across England’s capital are dying, thanks to government regulation.  As Charlotte Gill writes in The Spectator,

One of the biggest problems is the amount of bureaucracy choking up evening establishments. Oppressive regulations such as the Late Night Levy now mean any business that supplies alcohol late has to pay a tax; Public Space Protection Orders allow councils to punish people if they deem their behaviour unruly – meaning that tipsiness could be a crime.

This laws are making preventing new businesses from opening

Venue owners are having an incredibly tough time. Thanks to police cuts, bars and clubs have been forced to hike up their security – which means hiking up entrance fees, which inevitably puts off customers. All this fuss encourages them to sell up when offered lucrative sums from property developers. And when one club closes, another doesn’t open: who would bother breaking into the industry with its strict licensing laws and heavy costs?

And making other cities look far more attractive

This lethal combination is killing every element of London nightlife, from sitting in a beer garden, to cocktails in a bar, to trying to enjoy a boogie. And what seems like a rather trivial matter has grave consequences for our economy. For starters, London is a tourism hotspot, but with the abysmal state of our nightlife, forget Brexit – Europeans will turn away from our city because of early bed times. The nearby cities of Berlin, Amsterdam and Barcelona are far more appealing, thanks to governments that don’t consider boozy evenings a sin.consequences for our economy. For starters, London is a tourism hotspot, but with the abysmal state of our nightlife, forget Brexit – Europeans will turn away from our city because of early bed times. The nearby cities of Berlin, Amsterdam and Barcelona are far more appealing, thanks to governments that don’t consider boozy evenings a sin.

 

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