Campaign to bar Darling from every UK pub

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AN internet campaign to get Alistair Darling banned from every pub in the UK has been inspired by a bar in the Capital.

Last week, the News revealed that Utopia on Easter Road had put up a poster barring the Chancellor after his 4p per pint tax increase in the Budget.

The report prompted an Edinburgh-based blog, Musings of a Reactionary Snob, to call for the ban to be made nationwide.

The campaign has 110 supporters on its Facebook site, and pubs in Bolton, Lewes and Oxfordshire have followed Utopia.

Several posters have been designed – including one depicting the Edinburgh South MP as a Simpson's character in Moe's Tavern. The text says: "Finally Alistair Darling finds a pub he is not barred from."

The Reactionary Snob blogger, who describes himself as a 53-year-old advocate, says: "Alistair Darling has been barred from a pub in Leith because of the taxes he's just stuck on the good stuff. However, he is hardly ever going to be down in Leith on the sauce.

"I therefore implore all bloggers to petition their locals – let's get Darling banned from pubs up and down the land!"