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Sun business editor Steve Hawkes weighed-in on behalf of Britain’s struggling pubs on Tuesday, calling on the unusual combination of the Institute for Public Policy Research and CAMRA to issue a ‘Plea for Dying Boozers’. The IPPR has claimed the “social value” of a good community pub is up to £120,000 a year to the local area. Not sure how they work these things out, but I reckon News International could let go one of the 300 editorial staff said to be on six figure salaries, and plug the hole in the community left by one of the 1,078 pubs to have closed in the last two years. I couldn’t reach Mr Hawkes on Twitter, so I’m guessing he was down his local.