Here is an extract from my paper in May 2009, sent to the PCT:
The plannners should be asked: imagine your favourite restaurant. You like it because of its ambiance, the good service, the excellent food. Other people like it, which is understandable, so you have to book in advance. You have to book because there is a limit to how many diners they serve, this you can understand. But now imagine this: the Minister for Dining Out wants to make good restaurants accessible to all and a decree goes out: you cannot limit the number of diners at your restaurant, you have a responsibility to seat anyone who wishes to eat at your restaurant. Now you don’t have to book, you just go. You can imagine the scene: they have crowded in more tables, there is a pressure to eat quickly because disgruntled people are milling around on the pavement impatiently; the quality of the food has dropped; the owner is stressed and irritable. Where has your favourite restaurant gone?
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