Not drinking in public to be outlawed

2nd Dec 2005, 12:00 am

Controversial moves by the Government to allow 24 hour drinking are to be followed up by new legislation to ban 'not drinking in public'.

Anyone seen in public not in the possession of an alcoholic beverage will be liable to an on-the-spot fine, although alternatives are being investigated. The offender may be able to opt for an on-the-spot 'shotgun' of a pint of strong lager.

'Leaked' correspondence between number 10 and the Licensed Victuallers Association details the plan:

LVA: "Phase one is complete, and we have drunken youths vomiting all across the UK, but still only in the larger metropolitan areas. There must be some way we can improve this situation?"

No 10: "I can't see why everyone isn't pulling their weight on this one frankly, We believe there must be an element of compulsion or take-up will be slower than we'd like."

The Downing Street emails go on to explain that a 100% nation-wide ban on not drinking in public could even be extended to school playgrounds in the near future.

"We don't see why schools should be exempt. In fact, once Jamie Oliver's been taken care of we're already in talks with the major booze operators to install WKD machines in publicly funded schools."

The Prime Minister was unavailable for comment. A spokesman explained he was "sleeping off a heavy weekend."


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