I said when the new NI Licencing laws were proposed that they don’t go far enough: they don’t open the market, they don’t give customers any more choice, they don’t go far enough in repealing a silly piece of wartime legislation that’s so far out of date it should be called Ye Olde Defence of Thee Realm Acte.
But, of course, I’m wrong, according to the PSNI.
Supt Eccles said that the current cut off time of 0100 GMT for serving alcohol was late enough.
“If they were to serve any length of time beyond that it would allow for more drinking and more disorder potentially,” he said.
“More disorder, potentially”, people. That’s a comprehensive arguement. Never mind that a drink of Sprite could cause “more disorder, potentially”, those E-numbers being mighty potentially unstabling.
So, because of a potential increase in disorder, we should keep those puritanical laws in place. Hell, we could just go the whole hog and ban the drink completely, that’d be a roaring success…