A few weeks ago I ran a survey examining political beliefs, CAMRA and the tie system.
Unfortunately I’ve been delayed in analysing it as I’ve Excel hasn’t been working on my iMac since I installed the “Snow Leopard” OS. That’s’ fixed now, thanks for all the help Mr Gates. Not. GoogleDocs was excellent for the data gathering but clumsy for playing around with it.
I’m not sure what the survey was intended to illustrate. Vaguely, I hoped it would illustrate my critique of CAMRA.
Here’s a quick synopsis of my view of CAMRA:
CAMRA’s perspective on the beer market is essentially a Marxist construct. For cask ale beers/brewers/consumers read “exploited proletariat”: for mass-produced beer and its brewers read “capitalist business oligarchy, cynical exploiters of the proletariat”. Most CAMRA’s activities and outpourings seem based on this model – its organisation mimics trade unions and its favoured vernacular including “threats”, “protests”, “boycotts” and “campaigns” apes the language of political activism. A key motivator is the fantasy that, one day, campaigning and activism will overthrow the capitalistic mass-produced beers and re-install proletarian cask ale to its rightful dominance. And this model, or modus operandi, has failed the cause it holds dearest.