THE Scotch whisky industry has reacted furiously to George Osborne's move to raise spirits duty, but brewers and pub groups toasted the Chancellor for scrapping the alcohol duty escalator for beer and knocking 1p off the price of a pint.
The alcohol-fuelled trouble at Old Firm games (remember them?) is down to Neil Lennon and Ally McCoist.
TRADE lobbyists have blamed Old Firm players and managers for the latest threat to pubs around football grounds.
ONE-third of restaurants and one-quarter of pubs in Scotland are at risk of going bust in the next 12 months, according to new research.
MORE than one-third of traditional pubs have closed in some parts of Scotland, according to a new report, which campaigners say has left many communities without their heart and soul.