It is considered that this one statement instigated the removal of top pressure taps from Hall & Woodhouse pubs, and the installation of handpumps.
These days we see a resurgence of the use of C02, not so much as a means of dispense, but more secretly in the form of cask breathers. Whilst there might be an argument in favour of such preservative measures, in cricket or rugby clubs for example, wholesale use of cask breathers by certain of our regional brewers must be viewed in the same light as serving roast pork with a piquant stuffing of manure.
Furthermore, the modern gas is a cocktail of C02 and Nitrogen, the largest gas in air, apparently inert. This cocktail not only fizzes the beer but also imparts a sweetness, thus changing the character of what may be a delicate palate.
Again, we need to campaign against extraneous adjuncts to our favourite tipple. Ask your publican if he uses a cask breather. If he does, is it really necessary?