Parts of the sector may be struggling due to the tough economic climate, but veteran pub entrepreneur and chairman at Dominion Hospitality and Pebble Hotels Ted Kennedy, believes there are many areas of the sector that need work – starting with salaries and female representation.

When I was at university, my great communist friend used to regularly tell me that “come the revolution I would be the first up against the wall”. He duly went the way of all revolutionaries and became a rich entrepreneur – and I am still waiting for the sound of bullets.

But the leisure revolution may not be far away. Previous revolutionaries like Tim Martin and Luke Johnson are now ‘the establishment’ and looking at the speed they are unloading asset suggests they seem to think that their time may have come. Back in the day when they made hay, the establishment was the old beerage; easy targets for revolutionaries. Now it is old brands, and tired management, that are in their sights.

Today’s revolutionaries don’t seem to want to rule the world, they want to make it a better more equal place. Not too difficult to see why when you look at salaries. In a sector where minimum wage is the norm, how can bosses pay themselves the salaries they seem to think are needed to motivate them. I’ve nothing against Alison Brittain at Whitbread, I’ve never met her, but for a business making coffees and beds how can anyone be worth nearly £3m pa? It truly isn’t rocket science.

The landscape is changing. The current and previous management team at M&B seem like good people but neither has really shifted the dial on performance. Do customers really want what the big boys have on offer or is the reality that small is beautiful? If the longest brand life in the sector is about 20 years, where does that leave the current brand owners? Time to start spotting ‘unbranded’ versions of brands appearing… think about the impending unbranded Wetherspoons at St Pancras or the very unbranded premium dining at M&B.

Talking about big boys, where are the women in the sector? The newly created sector champion UK Hospitality may be enthusiastically and ably led by Kate Nicholls, but the organisation’s council comprises men – and men of a certain age. Since it is pretty much universally recognised that women are the decision-makers in most food-led venue choices and they certainly comprise more than 50% of the leisure workforce, why are so many companies led by men?

Having pretty much wrecked the economy, divided the country and leaving the next generation a legacy of personal and national debt it won’t be long before we old lags are led out to meet our maker. The question is who will be doing the leading?

Vive la revolution!