I woke this morning (this morning being the 31st of July 2014) to another great Boris Johnson diktat.
In the same week that Boris wants to charge London diesel car drivers an extra £10 on top of the congestion charge they already have to pay (to be fair coming into effect in 2020), it does show how the lines blur between what is considered a left-wing and a right-wing politician when the authoritarian (formerly nanny) state want to extend their grasp into our lives for a perceived “greater good”.
In the above instance, this decree is straight out of the equally barmy programs already in effect in what is apparently the beacon of freedom that is the United States of America.
Alcohol is seen as an enabler.
The reasoning is somehow these apparent “1 million violent crimes” (a nice round number) are alcohol-related and the poor dears that commit these acts wouldn’t do so if they were clean and sober.
In essence it is a punitive measure that puts the onus of the crime less on the criminal that committed it but on the cause that lead to it, the social scourge of all health nuts…alcohol.
It is odd that the article, the only reference I have for this rant, makes a point that the programme makes a distinction between repeat offenders and those deemed alcohol dependent.
Still it is good to know that in the UK Smoking, drinking and drug use down in young, report says
Underage drinking isn’t something I condone, but we have all done it. But that state is winning in its brainwashing of each new generation coming into the world, they will learn what is good for them. Government approved fun…yippee.
In even more patronising news, again from the USA; Middle-aged drinking ‘impairs memory’.
Alcohol, the great inhibitor.
This is a wonderfully non-scientific approach to belittle those who missed out on the joys of being wrapped-up in state approved cotton wool to protect them from themselves.
Let us look at the basis of the this bullshit…
6,500 people were asked three specific questions:
Had people annoyed them by criticising their drinking?
Had they ever felt guilty or bad about their drinking?
Had they ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady nerves or get over a hangover?
Those who answered yes to one of these questions were considered to have a problem with alcohol.
Question 3 ignores the “hair of the dog” treatment, but then I don’t get hangovers.
Questions 1 and 2 are quite leading, by that I mean, if I were to answer ‘no’ to either, does that mean there is something more indicative of possible addiction because I am NOT annoyed by criticism or that I do NOT feel guilty about my drinking?
Of course articles like this always end with a massive caveat that highlight just what horse shit the ‘research’ actually was.
But seeing as the young generations are locked into a nanny mind-set and don’t mind being nudged to being considered as worthy citizens the older generation are now the lost ones; left to a life of senility, cancer and heart problems because of all the fun that was had in the past and castigated for it by a youth brought up to fear everything.
Hear endeth my (slightly tongue-in-cheek) paranoid rant, next time, more beer reviews…