Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Prats of The Week - The Government
Despite being in the midst of an "exciting" and "stimulating" general election it should not distract me from awarding my prestigious, and internationally renowned, "Prats of The Week" Award.
This week it goes to the government and MPs in general.
I think we can all agree on that can't we?
For why have I awarded the government this award?
Well, aside from the so many obvious reasons, I cite the new rules introduced by Nanny (ie the government) wrt drinks promotions.
It seems that the rules have caused so much confusion (as they are poorly drafted) that licensees are being urged to check with their council or police first, that any drinks promotions that they are running do not fall foul of the new mandatory code of practice.
The Home Orifice published the full guidance on the code, which took effect at the start of this tax year.
The guidance identifies what Nanny deems to be an "irresponsible" promotion. However, later, it says that the government is not banning happy hours, pub crawls or general discounting of alcohol per se.
With me so far?
Here though is what Nanny wants banned:
- Drinking games – any form of speed drinking game
- Large quantities of alcohol for free, or at a fixed or discounted price eg 'all-you-can-drink for £10' (please can someone tell me where I can go to drink for £10???)
- Prizes and rewards – 'drink four pints get the fifth free'
- Sporting events – promotions like 'half price drinks when England score a goal'
- Posters and flyers – adverts that 'condone, encourage or glamorise anti-social behaviour or refer to getting drunk in any positive way'
- No alcohol can be dispensed directly into the mouth eg 'the dentist's chair'
However, and here is where it really gets confusing, the Home Orifice says that the list is not exhaustive and 'substantially similar activities' are also banned. In other words the state, and its unelected enforcers, can decide what constitutes a "banned activity".
Oh, and by the way, Nanny then goes on to warn publicans that breaching the code is a criminal offence and could mean a fine of up to £20K or six months in prison.
Ker farking ching!
The government and MPs in general (who vote through sloppy legislation), well deserving "Prats of The Week"!
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