Friday, June 26, 2009
Drink Exclusion Zones
Now here's a funny thing...did you know that there are over 700 "controlled drinking zones" in the UK?
No, I didn't either until I read this in yesterday's Times.
Nanny is so pleased with her little wheeze, that she is adding to them on an almost daily basis.
The trouble is that these zones don't seem to be sensibly targeted at those who are out of their boxes and causing a nuisance, but instead are targeted at people who are just having a quiet drink in the park or on the beach.
Indeed in some cases, as Dan Travis of Brighton discovered, people are being stopped and asked to dispose of their booze down the drain; even though the cans are unopened and they are walking down the street from the off licence from whence they have purchased them.
Here's where it gets interesting, for me anyway, The Times says that police in Brighton and Hove (where I live) appear to be the most energetic in the country. Their 45 community support officers are making 25 confiscations a week.
Seemingly Brighton has a zero public drinking policy city wide. This is news to me, as I have had on several occasions had a few on the beach and in the park (picnicking peacefully with Eva).
The trouble with our zealous "chums" from Nanny's Brighton zero drinking patrols is that whilst they may be very "brave" and zealous, when targeting non trouble making picnickers etc, they haven't lifted a finger (as far as I can see) against the hardcore piss heads who roam certain streets/areas of Brighton (eg London Road, St James Road and the Level) who are bloody trouble makers and are at times aggressive/threatening.
Why is that then???
As ever with Nanny's rules, she only bothers to implement them against those of us who are law abiding and compliant.
Suffice to say I will continue to drink on Brighton beach and in Brighton's parks etc, and suggest that the rest of you do too.
Why don't we have a day of national public drinking, and reclaim the parks and beaches?
BTW, Brighton is a Tory council. Here is the email address of the council leader, if you want to discuss this policy, Mary.Mears@brighton-hove.gov.uk
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