UK Treasury chief being banned from British pubs after beer-tax hike

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

If Andrew Little has his way, Britain's chancellor of the exchequer won't be able to get a pint of beer anywhere in Britain.

Little manages the Utopia pub in Alistair Darling' home town of Edinburgh. He's posted pictures of the treasurer in his pub above the big red word "barred" because Darling has raised the British tax on alcohol.

The new duties add an extra eight cents to the cost of a pint of beer, 26 cents for a bottle of wine and $1.10 for a bottle whisky or other spirits. And the tax is scheduled to go up again in each of the next four years.

Pub manager Little tells The Associated Press the poster was originally a tongue-in-cheek jab, but he says it seems to have touched a nerve. Hundreds of people have joined an Internet campaign devoted to keeping Darling out of British pubs.

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