It’s a third world country!! The theme of my pubgoing weekend was pub shortages – first off in the Bricklayers Arms on Friday night where the grumpiest barman in the world announced that the pub was out of vodka. B-b-b-but there’s a Sainsbury’s round the corner? No matter – if they can’t pay wholesale prices for their booze then they’re not going to serve any. A disgrace to the Sam Smiths’ brand. Then on Sunday, in the Goose And Granite in Clapham, we were told that the pub had run out of ice. Service standards are plummetting! Mind you looking at where we were drinking you might suspect a taste or sanity shortage had taken hold too.