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Hello beery people. [Apr. 29th, 2007|12:20 am]
Kake
Dear CAMRA,

Please stop whining about things which really make very little difference to the quality of life of any individual person (e.g. pints which don't come exactly up to the line) and start campaigning about things which actually do make a difference. Such as, for example, proper compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act.

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Kake
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[User Picture]From: natf
2007-04-28 11:52 pm (UTC)
Hear hear! *hug*
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From: mstevens
2007-04-29 07:45 am (UTC)
I left CAMRA. Although that was more about ceasing alcohol consumption generally.
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[User Picture]From: billyabbott
2007-04-29 08:08 am (UTC)
Do CAMRA not campaign for compliance? Because if not and you are a member I'd definitely write to them.

The full pints thing is one of their old standards that they have used for years to get members - it's something easy that you can get a drunk person at a beer festival to understand and care enough about for long enough to give some cash. They campaign for lots of other things as well and sometimes even listen to their members :)
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[User Picture]From: lovingboth
2007-04-29 09:11 am (UTC)
Quite, it's something they can get more people interested in easily.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2007-04-29 02:35 pm (UTC)
My thinking was to bounce the idea off you lot and then contact CAMRA if it seems to be a reasonable one.

I can see that the full pints thing is appealing to many, but I've started to find it rather offputting recently.
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[User Picture]From: therealdrhyde
2007-04-30 09:55 pm (UTC)
Given that CAMRA's raison d'être is good quality pints, and that part of a good quality pint is not getting ripped off by dodgy pubs serving short measure (a good pint both tastes good and is, errm, a pint), I think they've got a pretty damned good reason to highlight it.

As it happens, I'm fairly sure (although I'm no longer a member) that they care a lot about pubs and good beer being accessible to all. But, given that beer quality is what they care most about, I think they should leave a specific DDA campaign to a different organisation. Frankly, other groups could do a better job.
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[User Picture]From: alan1957
2007-04-29 11:09 am (UTC)
Out of curiosity and because my brother is wheelchair bound I looked up the CAMRA website to see whether campaigning for increased access to pubs actually does fall within their remit. They list five Aims:

1. Protect and improve consumer rights
2. Promote quality, choice and value for money
3. Support the public house as a focus of community life
4. Campaign for greater appreciation of traditional beers, ciders and perries as part of our national heritage and culture
5. Seek improvements in all licensed premises and throughout the brewing industry

IMHO I would say that CAMRA should be campaigning as nou suggests in order to fullfill points #5 and, most importantly #3. After all how can a pub be trully a focus for a local community if it excludes a portion of that community?
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[User Picture]From: nou
2007-04-29 02:38 pm (UTC)
CAMRA have been trying for a few years now to appeal to a broader membership base. Pushing this full pint thing so hard may well be harming them in this goal — I don't know.
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[User Picture]From: thekumquat
2007-04-29 06:17 pm (UTC)
Emphasising how compliance with the DDA would further aims 1,3 and 5, and that DDA compliance is so often a question of attitude (re-training staff rather than spending thousands on rebuilding), might go down well.

Also that being seen to lobby for that as part of good service might increase their number of members quite considerably...
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[User Picture]From: nou
2007-04-29 02:40 pm (UTC)
See reply to Billy above — this post is a preliminary to writing to them, not a substitute.

I don't think they should drop the full pint campaign, since I'm sure a lot of members do care about it. It just feels to me as though they're pushing it to the exclusion of everything else.
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[User Picture]From: johnckirk
2007-04-29 02:56 pm (UTC)
I have mixed feelings about this. I'd certainly agree that the DDA is more important than full pints. On the other hand, if CAMRA gave up on all the campaigns which I personally think are stupid, they'd no longer have a reason to exist :)

As I understand it, CAMRA's main credo seems to be that "real" ales/ciders are intrinsically better than "fake" ones, so people just need to try them out to find what they've been missing. Personally, I drink mass-market brands like Strongbow because I actually like the taste of them; I've tried the "real" versions, and I can stomach them (unlike coffee), but I've made an informed choice to avoid them. Consequently, CAMRA's goals seem like snobbery, so I don't have any interest in joining them.

Stating the obvious, I think the best way to contact CAMRA is directly, rather than via LiveJournal. While I don't speak for them at all, I can guess at a few possible policies from them:

a) We are focussed on the things that are directly important to us, trying to change the rules, and we'll let the police/councils enforce the laws that have already been passed.

b) We're already addressing this, on behalf of our disabled members. (Page 12 of Saving your local pub refers to the DDA.)

c) We don't have any disabled members, and we want to preserve traditional pubs the way they are. (See Pub Preservation.)

Are there any specific pubs you have in mind which don't have disabled access?
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[User Picture]From: johnckirk
2007-04-29 03:02 pm (UTC)
Stating the obvious, I think the best way to contact CAMRA is directly, rather than via LiveJournal.

Ah, and I see that you addressed this point in your replies to other people while I was writing the previous comment, so disregard that :)
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