You're right when you say that there is a fear within the brewing industry. This became quite a serious problem for the Exodus Collective, a group of pepole that put on free parties, in the early to mid '90s. When they put on a free party, there was omsethinglike a 40% drop in profits made by the local breweries. There was also a 6% drop in violent crime.
The local newspaper was dependent on the brewing industry for adverts, and were encouraged to smear the group, accusing them of drug dealing, and all that kind of thing. The police in the region used these reports, alongside the written encouragement of the local MP, to sustain an astonishing campaign of harrassment on the group. This went right up to planting drugs on them, and forcing them into a year long court case. They presented no defense, and the jury, having only seen the inconstincy of the police evidence, aquitted them.
Put "Whitbread" and "Exodus Collective" into Google. I can't find any of the local MP's involvement in the pages linked to, so I guess you'll have to take my word on that. This makes a kind of sense, since what he wrote was inadmissable as evidence in the trial, because it was written on House of Commons notepaper.
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