Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I see that Nanny is getting her knickers in a twist over booze again.
The Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, is proposing new measures (subject to parliamentary approval) to be implemented against retailers and pubs etc.
"All-you-can-drink" promotions are to be banned, and compulsory identity checks on those who look under 18 introduced.
Speed drinking competitions will also be banned.
All very amusing, but this is merely a headline grabbing exercise which will not make one jot of difference.
1 The supermarkets, in order to curry favour with Nanny, already have an id scheme in place whereby people who look under 25 have to prove their id. In fact some idiotic supermarkets try this id game on with people in their 40's.
2 Unless I have missed something, it is perfectly legal for people to drink at home etc. Therefore people will simply "stock up" before going out.
3 The majority of "cheap" booze (which Nanny hates) in the UK is bought from supermarkets (not pubs or off licences). It is noticeable that, whilst Nanny is happy to try to destroy the pub trade, she doesn't dare lift a finger against her all powerful friends in the supermarket business.
4 Pubs are not the enemy of civilised drinking. In pubs, that are well run, people learn how to drink without making "c**ts" of themselves (or face a battering and banning from the landlord and regulars). Nanny should be encouraging the survival of well run pubs.
5 Poorly run pubs that are centres of trouble making can, at the behest of the police/council, be shut down. The law is already there to be used against sources of trouble. There is no need to add more rules.
6 Councils make large sums of money from late night clubs and pubs, they don't want to shut them down (hence some town centres turn into vomit strewn ghettos at night). The councils already have the powers to improve the quality of town centres at night. Instead they have pro actively encouraged to spawning of late night clubs, yet publicly moan like hell about the effects of these clubs.
7 The more that the state demonises drink, the more popular it will become.
8 Politicians are serial abusers of booze, fags and other substances. It is not their place to lecture us on what is good/bad for us.
In short, this is a headline grabbing manoeuvre that will achieve nothing.
Drunken yobbery can be curtailed very simply by tattooing the foreheads of the yobs with the phrase:
"I am a drunken yob"
Then banning them from buying booze in any outlet, pub or club for a period of time.
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