I have said it before and I will say it again, here, now. This government is so obsessed with spin and headlines that it looses sight of what it is supposed to be doing. The various policies linked with drink and respect are classic examples.
Firstly the government pushes through changes to the licensing hours legislation which it claims will reduce binge drinking. By extending opening hours the nations attitude to drink will change to a continental style. It is clear that no one in the Labour party has ever been on or seen footage of a club 18-30 holiday. Given longer drinking hours young British people just drink for longer.
The legislation was also meant to stager the closing time of local pubs. This shows a complete lack of understanding of how some people think. If you were in a pub and determined to get the most out of the night, once the pub your started out in shut you would simply move to another pub that was open. Everyone would still be turned out onto the streets at the same time.
This is all foolish enough were it not for the fact that the government now want to stop people drinking alcahol on trains. Talk about sending out mixed messages!
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