Friday, September 29, 2006

Nanny State.

I read this with growing disbelief this morning.

GARDAI have prosecuted 61 publicans nationwide for serving alcohol to drunk people, the Irish Independent has learned.

The little-known offence was introduced in 2003 to tackle Ireland's binge drinking culture, which is among the worst in Europe.

Publicans who supply alcohol to a drunk person or to a friend buying drink for a drunken person are automatically fined €1,500 for their first offence and €2,000 for any subsequent offence.

Alcohol Action Ireland said the enforcement of the offence for serving drunken people was a positive development.

"There is no point in introducing legislation if there's no enforcement of it," " This is a new measure and it will take some time. But it's a start and it's the first sign of the law being implemented."

"Responsible serving should ensure no one is served when they are drunk," said Policy officer Sinead Shannon.

"But we all know from being out on a Saturday night, that people are wandering around drunk, and far more than 61 of them."

I've been saying it for years, this bloody country is turning into the biggest bloody nanny state of all. As an adult, who has the right to tell me I have had one drink to many? Who determines how drunk a person is? Do I need to fall over? Slur? What if I"m a good drunk and it's hard to tell? What if I only look drunk? What if I"m just a giddy person? What if I wasn't drunk until I stood up and wandered outside?
Last week this stupid country forced a woman -a jehovah's Witness-to undergo a blood transfusion she expressly said she did not want. They said it was for the sake of the 'baby' she had given birth to. Now while I think allowing yourself to die due to religious beliefs is stupid, I respect that as an adult she has the right to control her own body. BUT OH NO, Nanny State steps in and violates her human rights and forces her to undergo a medical procedure because Nanny know best.
How long do you suppose it wil be before the government will start to tippity-tap it's fingers together and come up with yet more rules. What's next? Will it sanction the type of food we eat? (like when T bone steak was banned) The clothes we wear?
Do we have to bend to the will of our (corrupt) overlords without ever questioning a single thing?
Keep your damned paws off my rights, you government you!


Anonymous ainelivia said...

Oh let's see.... yeah, each of us limited to three packets of Tayto a week...

10:33 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

They can pry the new Walkers Sensations (chilly flavour) from my cold dead hands!

11:03 a.m.  
Blogger P1P said...

Kind of crazy. Nick the drunken pugilists, charge em' at the hospital even but don't take the booze away.

You can't make people behave sensibly.

12:35 p.m.  
Anonymous eva said...

Oh for goddness sake, that's the most ridiculous thing I've heard in a long time!
I don't even know where to begin.

Need drink now.

12:48 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trying to stop people getting drunk.

In pubs, whose purpose is to sell drink.

In Ireland.

Jesus almighty. It's everywhere, this. It's here in Scotland too. Jobs created for the sake of it, with titles like "Community Outreach Coordinator", which in reality means fuck all and only serves to divert the taxpayer's money into another useless irrelevant venture which will achieve absolutely nothing except (a) make more money for the government by penalising law abiders who already pay more than 50% of their wages in taxes - overt and stealth-based - as has happened in this penalise-the-publicans case, or (b) allow them to produce a report which says yeah, we're meeting those targets that that lad said would be a good idea, so we must be doing alright. Probably both at once. Sorry for the rant.

12:55 p.m.  
Anonymous Annie said...

I'm going to be there in two weeks. Christ on a crutch, I'll never get a drink.

Here in New York they're trying to ban the use of trans fats in all restaurants in the city. Why oh why can't I scarf down a good artery-clogging meal if I choose? It's not hurting anyone but me. I'm not going to go breathe some second-hand trans fats on some poor unsuspecting slob.

Mmm, the thought of a big greasy slice of New York pizza is making me hungry. And I think I hear my ventricles snapping shut.

1:19 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

They'r trying to ban fat in food? You mean like delicious lard and grease? That's...that's scandelous!
Jesus I'd so like crispy duck and orange sauce right now.
Why is this sodding day dragging like a dog outside a vet's office! 2pm!? How can it only be 2pm? I feel like I've been at this desk forever and my typing is worse than ever today, wah wah, stupid tuna can fingers.

2:13 p.m.  
Anonymous Annie said...

Sadly it's only 9:15 a.m. here. Not nearly close enough to BEER:30.

It must be Friday, FMC. My fingers aren't working very well either. And the doctors I'm transcribing are all yawny and mush-mouthy. It's gonna be a long day...

2:23 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

Yes, like a harried, busy bartender is going to be able to keep an eye on every single customer in the gaff, when the place is packed, and make that judgment call. Unenforcible bollocks and unnecessary.

Why don't they just ask people to surrender their car keys when they walk in?

Happy Friday!

3:18 p.m.  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

They don't want people in pubs to get drunk?

Half the people visiting Ireland are there with the explicit intention of doing just that as part of their "cultural experience" and to try to figure out a bit more of what their Irish grandpa said he missed all these years. If you watch US travel shows about Ireland that is.

I know Ireland may no longer want to be seen as the drunk man of Europe (a title we Scots can give you a run for your money on), but bloody hell, it's messing with whole world sensibilities not to let the Irish get drunk.

5:32 p.m.  
Blogger Greg Finnegan said...

Don't let 'em do it!

Fining the Irish for serving drunks is like fining Americans for reloading their guns, or fining the Pope for praising the Crusades.

It's in the job description, for pity's sake.

5:46 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

It's a disgrace and I for one intend to go out this very evening and get quite drunk indeed in protest!
Have a good weekend everyone. Slån.

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The Indians and the
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They are talking when they meet
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