More Collective Punishment! It’s For Our Own Good!

April 9, 2014 8 Comments
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Supermarkets and off-licences are being banned from selling alcohol in areas where ambulances are frequently called to drink-related emergencies.

And we all know how having a small sherry before tripping over a kerbstone magically logs you as having had ‘a drink related incident’, don’t we?

Sainsbury’s had an application to sell alcohol from 8am-11pm at its store at 91-93 St John Street refused last April. Residents complained of revellers “pre-loading” with cheaper alcohol from shops before attending nearby nightclubs in Clerkenwell.

A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “Naturally we are disappointed with the decision of Islington Council. Sainsbury’s is committed to being a responsible retailer and the overwhelming amount of alcohol purchased in our stores is consumed by customers at home.”

Don’t try to reason with these people – they are immune to that!

Janet Burgess, Islington’s executive member for health and wellbeing, said: “The night-time economy is important to Islington but excessive alcohol consumption can have repercussions for the wellbeing of the wider community and we have to strike a balance.

“Our database tool links public health with licensing objectives, helping us to protect our communities from harm.”

Who’s going to protect us from people like you?

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8 Responses to More Collective Punishment! It’s For Our Own Good!

  1. wiggia
    April 9, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    “executive member for health and wellbeing”, is there a sub committee that spends long hours thinking up these vainglorious titles for non jobs, you can almost see her down the pub being asked ‘and what do you do for a living’, why I’m the executive member for health and wellbeing for Islington, hmm really ?

  2. wiggia
    April 9, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    And before someone leaps in with a comment, the pub bit was being ironic !

    • April 13, 2014 at 7:34 am

      :mrgreen:

  3. Mudplugger
    April 9, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    I’ve often had the illiberal thought that there should be a limit of 15 characters for any job title, which just about covers the ‘executive member’ bit – a quite appropriate use of the term ‘member’.

  4. mikebravo
    April 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    At last! An executive member for health and wellbeing. The guardians are truly on the look out for my health.
    I for one look forward to the day when I no longer have to worry about money because the state takes care of all my needs. They will take all of my earnings and increase the victory gin ration from 2 gills to 250ml.

  5. April 10, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Drunkenness can be fixed very quickly without having any deleterious effects on the non-drunks. Arrest: take immediately to the centre of town: select three random (and of course sober) people; ask them if they would take the drunk home and give them a bed overnight. Any one refusal would result in the immediate caning of the drunkard, on the bare buttocks. In the street. The three would be judge, jury and witnesses. They can throw dice to see who gets to be executioner.

    If a chap – or chapess – wants to get pissed, they can do it at home.

    • mikebravo
      April 11, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      What exactly is drunkenness?
      Is it when someone is falling down and puking over themselves, laughing too loudly or just when plod decide it is so?

  6. Junican
    April 10, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Sainsbury’s had an application to sell alcohol from 8am-11pm at its store at 91-93 St John Street refused last April. Residents complained of revellers “pre-loading” with cheaper alcohol from shops before attending nearby nightclubs in Clerkenwell.
    So the revellers were not getting their booze from Sainsbury’s – they were getting it elsewhere. So Sainsbury’s were refused a licence for NOT providing booze to revellers.
    About the right sort of logic for an ‘executive member for health and wellbeing’.

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