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The majority of pubs are owned by big corporations that screw every ounce of profit out of their ‘tied’ houses, so called because the publican is tied to the company. So go for a free house, which is independent of a corporate body, owned by one of the smaller breweries or by Wetherspoons, who were the first to go smoke free and have been keen purveyors of Cuban Rum. Two big ethical points.
With the smoking ban, many pubs have put hugely wasteful CO2 burning patio heaters in the garden; any aspiring ethical publican would ban these too. There are a number of organic pubs, such as the Duke of Cambridge in Islington, that have been certified by the Soil Association, and a number of breweries that offer organic beers. My favourite is Whitstable ale from Shepherd Neame, although the organic hops come from New Zealand. It is suitable for vegetarians because bizarrely a lot of beer uses fish scales during production. Local pub grub with reduced carbon miles would also be an improvement.
The Boycott Bacardi campaign means that you need to find an establishment that produces mojitos with Cuban rum, organic mint and fair trade limes.
The Workers Beer Company has a pub called the Bread and Roses in Clapham, where pub staff are covered by a model union agreement negotiated with the T&G and perhaps the best wage rate in the country.
Home brewing may sound dodgy but one of the best pints I ever had was stout grown by my friend in a flat along Brick Lane.
The Campaign for Real Ale educates people about the virtues of real rather than tasteless cask beer. We must campaign to stop community pubs closing and stand up for small breweries under threat from the multinationals.
Grace Blakeley investigates the curious case of Carillion: how the company’s slow decline and abrupt liquidation reveals the nature of modern capitalism.
The collapse of Carillion could be a watershed moment. Let's seize it to end economically disastrous outsourcing schemes. By Cat Hobbs.
Campaign groups highlight UK complicity in Saudi Arabia's human rights abuses.
Three founders of Momentum talk to Ashish Ghadiali about the two years that have transformed their lives and the fortunes of the British left.
Andrew Smith from Campaign Against the Arms Trade gives the run-down on one of the UK's most profitable - and most deadly - industries.
The real story behind the fire in Grande Synthe’s Linière refugee camp, Dunkirk. From 'Bordered Lives – How Europe fails refugees and migrants' by Hsiao-Hung Pai
Javier Pérez De La Cruz writes about the working class Berlin neighbourhood wrung dry by gentrifiers.
Across the world, thousands of protesters are taking on the planet’s biggest fossil fuel companies. We should support them – and if we can, we should join them. By Kara Moses
Students are suffering the effects of financial instability, stress, and slashed mental health services. Mark Crawford reports.
They're not defending free speech - they're just seeking to shore up their own power, writes Ilyas Nagdee
Jeremy Hunt is poised to flog the last of the NHS
Peter Roderick sounds the alarm on an 'attack on the fundamental principles of the NHS'.
Viva Siva, 1923-2018
A. Sivanandan, who died this week, was a hugely important figure in the politics of race and class. As part of our tributes, Red Pepper is republishing this 2009 profile of him by Arun Kundnani
Sivanandan: When memory forgets a giant
Daniel Renwick calls for the whole movement to discover and remember the vital work of A. Sivanandan, who died this week
A master-work of graphic satire
American Jewish cartoonist Eli Valley’s comic commentary on America, the US Jewish diaspora and Israel is nothing if not near the knuckle, Richard Kuper writes
Meet the frontline activists facing down the global mining industry
Activists are defending land, life and water from the global mining industry. Tatiana Garavito, Sebastian Ordoñez and Hannibal Rhoades investigate.
Transition or succession? Zimbabwe’s future looks uncertain
The fall of Mugabe doesn't necessarily spell freedom for the people of Zimbabwe, writes Farai Maguwu
Don’t let Corbyn’s opponents sneak onto the Labour NEC
Labour’s powerful governing body is being targeted by forces that still want to strangle Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, writes Alex Nunns