The Campaign for Real Ale’s Stephen Cox is calling time at CAMRA -
and heading off for three months of reflection at a Quaker college.
Cox, who hangs up the tankard as CAMRA’s head of campaigns in early
August, assures me it was not the PR, or even the beer, that prompted
his retreat to Birmingham’s Woodbrooke College.
’I felt I’d achieved a lot in my eight-and-a-half years with CAMRA and
that it was time to move on. When I started thinking about the college,
all the arguments against going faded very quickly and all those in
favour became very strong. I suppose I was led to it,’ says Cox, who
foresees picking up his career in another campaigning organisation or in
the beer trade.
As a Quaker PR-man, he sees no conflict between the profession and a
religion which is practised mainly in silence and is opposed to precise
verbal statements of its philosophy.
’Quakerism is about speaking truth with integrity, which should be what
PR is about,’ he avers. ’Shouldn’t it?’