Wednesday, 15 August 2007
Posted by Dave
Oop Norf a bloke was recently murdered for accosting a bunch of drinking teenagers who were vandalising his property. It's brought certain concepts to the limelight which is no bad thing and has lead to one police chief urging action on alcohol. For what it's worth, I think this stuff does need looking at.
I grew up in Australia and you've never been allowed to drink alcohol in public places. I found it just plain weird when I got to the UK that people were sat on busses and tubes with tinnies of the strong stuff. I fail to understand why this hasn't been addressed. Sure drink in your own home, drink in your own premesis or even drink at a public event which is licensed too - but random drinking on the street is generally a bad thing, particularly when, as said rozzer points out, alcohol is cheap and freely available from all sorts of late hours premesis such as small shops and petrol stations.
Raising the drinking age to 21 is also being discussed. I'm not sure about that really. That needlessly criminalises plenty of younsters who are going to drink anyway. The only reason to do it that has been cited is to send a message concerning the seriousness of drinking. I agree with the sentiment but not with the process. Instead I think places where alcohol is sold needs examining.
Right now the governments cop out on drinking in public places is that they've invested this power in local authorities that decide where you can drink and where you can't. In practice local authorities have done absolutely nothing, I mean surely for a start you'd ban drinking on public transport right?!
No, I think that should be sorted out nationally and also perhaps it should be made some sort of punishable offense of parents if their children are found on the street drinking. Something needs to be done lest there be more like Gary Newglove and more worryingly, the whole thing continues to foster this idea that adults feel like they have not the power to accost errant teenagers for bad behavior. It's absolutely vital they DO feel safe in doing so for the good of our society.