The carnage continues ... in fact, it's getting worse.
UK 'is losing 52 pubs each week'
The number of city centre bars and cafes has increased
UK pubs closed at a rate of 52 per week in the first half of the year - a third more than the same period in 2008 - the British Beer & Pub Association said.
This has got to be worth a try then, hasn't it?
However, there will doubtless be a huge pachyderm tramping around the room when politicians are asked to comment on these figures today.