"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Monday, 14 March 2011

Quote Of The Day

“However, it does raise the issue of the accessibility of alcohol and how normal it has become. The power of cheap alcohol, availability and promotion makes it very difficult for people to consider their health when making decisions about if they drink and how much.” Sarah Matthews, spokeswoman for the British Liver Trust.
If you thought this was just another comment in the current attack against alcohol under the guise of eliminating "Britain's Broken Binge-Drinking Culture" you'd be wrong.  By generalising, this woman has completely missed the point, which is that a feckless, mouth-breathing 'parent' has turned a 3-yr old into an alcoholic. Her implication that this sort of behaviour is "normal" is way off the mark.

This child and other like him/her aren't served by the government raising minimum prices, reducing pub measures, banning supermarket displays or diluting alcohol content.  Witless and neglectful parents will always be with us yet the article doesn't mention their culpability or even if Social Services were involved.  It's poor parenting at fault here, not alcohol.


  1. This story is positively Hogarthian.

  2. Hi Frances, yes, if you listened to all these think-tanks and vested interests you'd be forgiven for thinking that England was riddled with gin-alleys. When it comes to social England it's all we hear about. I've never been keen on the phrase 'broken Britain' because it implies that social breakdown is rife, when in fact it isn't. This woman is just another in a long line of PC CP placemen and is diverting attention away from a minority by blaming society in general and alcohol in particular.


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