Skip to comments.The nation is quite drunken enough (The underclass in UK Cannot Control Their Alcohol Use)
Posted on 01/03/2005 6:13:22 PM PST by shrinkermd
That the British are now a nation of drunken brutes, justly despised throughout the world wherever they congregate in any numbers, is so obvious a fact that it should require no repetition. A brief visit to the centre of any British town or city on a Saturday night - or indeed, almost any night - will confirm it for those who are still in doubt. There they will see scenes of charmless vulgarity, in which thousands of scantily clad, lumpen sluts scream drunkenly, and men vomit proudly in the gutters.
The Government, whose solution to any social problem is to make it worse, now proposes that the British, having conclusively proved that they cannot (or rather, will not) control themselves, should be granted even more licence to make a public nuisance of themselves whenever they feel like it, which is often. They will henceforth be able to drink in pubs and bars at all times of the day and night, 24 hours a day, instead of just most of the day and night. If there were shares in debauchery, I'd buy them now.
Of course, the Government claims to believe that, by allowing drinking establishments to open 24 hours a day, it will reduce public drunkenness. If it really believes this, it is a terrible indictment of the British nation: that it can allow itself to be led by such a collection of hopeless fools. As to the suggestion that we might develop here the kind of civilised Mediterranean café culture if only drinking outlets were open long enough, you might as well preach the comforts of the igloo and the tastiness of whale blubber to the Masai of Kenya.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
scenes of charmless vulgarity, in which thousands of scantily clad, lumpen sluts scream drunkenly, and men vomit proudly in the gutters.
And here I thought this was about College campuses.
Of what? Drunken British sluts?! Puuuhhleeese!
You got to stay drunk to live in that place!
I find it interesting that the "Subjects" are "Allowed"
if only drinking outlets were open long enough, you might as well preach
the comforts of the igloo and the tastiness of whale blubber to the Masai of Kenya.
LOL damn drunken limeys!
Mostly I think they get Drunk so they can eat.
because it's would be Politicaly incorrect.
Short Answer: They go to journalism school while this author is a retired psychiatrist with no preconceptions that he need to be boring to be effective.
Realistically, most licenced places will take advantage of the regulations to open later at weekends, or a few nights a week. Not many places will stay open 24 hours a day. This should lead to less of a rush to get drunk as fast as possible, and with any luck reduce the number of people on the street at any one point late at night.
Plus, he's not afraid of speaking the truth, rather than being P.C.
>>Why can't our major newspapers write like that?<<
They do, if it is a proposed Republican solution to a problem they like indulging in.
Remember Welfare Reform?
Yeah, I'd have to be very drunk to eat kidney pie or jellied eels...
Frankly, I don't think it's a legitimate use of government to mandate when any private business opens or closes.
You are missing one of the world's great food treats by forgoing steak and kidney pie (or pudding). British food is generally bland, overcooked and very uninteresting, but they do a few things well and that is one of them.
I beg to differ with the author's conclusion... I find it to be "just the right amount" of drunkenness.
The beer and the food is warm
Eel isn't bad but and I have eaten kidney (once) I'm too old to get drunk enough to eat it twice.
This is the politics of clientelism: those who misbehave will vote for you because they have grown fond of the licentiousness that you have allowed them...
Wish I'd written that...
The Brits claim that the only reason US beer is cold, is because it's like gnat's pi$$ and undrinkable if served at room temperature. I suspect they had a point in the days before the micro-breweries started brewing real beer!
I was in England last year and they sure do drink. They can drink a LOT of beer and ale and they DO.
The food in England is much better and there are plenty of decent restaurants now. The tea is good.
But there are plenty of rowdy, really drunk, drunken louts.
The dead end hopelessness of socialism has sunk in, why not stay drunk, at this point?
Smoked eel, scrambled eggs on wholegrain toast and a bit of parsley for garnish - yum!
Put the drink down...brush your teeth..
"When drunkenness declined in Britain during the second half of the 19th century, it did so not because the government legislated it, but because the people realised that habitual drunkenness was morally harmful and incompatible with self-respect."
I assume this law mandates the bars will be open late and 24 hours everywhere? /sarcasm
Carry Nations like this this WCTU wanna-be make voting for Tony Blair so much easier, I bet, for young Britons who are not sure about whether the Tories have anything to offer. I loathe Labour, but the Tories have done a fine job of mutating into anti-Labour without having any idea what that means any more, especially since Labour seems to have done such a fine job moving to the middle as far as public perception is concerned.
God help your country, Maggie, when the Tories are this marginalized. God help you, Nathan.
But they may have to be carried out...
This probably explains the drinking. You can only do that which the government grants you licence to do. Piss on that idea.
I thought it was about a Kennedy on any givin night. Ted in particular.
In the town where I went to undergrad here in the US, the beginning of Daylight Savings Time (i.e. BST) fell on a Saturday night. Suddenly, it was an hour later than it was supposed to be - and that new unexpected hour was also closing time. All twenty bars on the high street ejected their patrons at once; these persons had not been anticipating closing time and were quite irate at having the festivities suddenly terminated.
So began what is still remembered as the Daylight Savings Riot.
God made England so that the English could make pork pies. Mmmmm...
God made alcohol so England couldn't rule the world.
At the risk of resurrecting an old chestnut [forgive that alarming image] this observation is grotesquely anachronistic, and ignores the revolution in British food of the last 15 years. As the quality of British food steadily rises, so that of French food steadily declines. The two trends will soon cross, and in some cases have already done so. (Not to say, of course, that you can't still find bad food here if you're determined to find it, as indeed you can in every country: and we're as much victims to the global blandification of the burger/fast food culture as anywhere else - but there's another side to the story which is very different, very creative, very exciting and very scrumptious).
"Smoked eel, scrambled eggs on wholegrain toast and a bit of parsley for garnish - yum!"
That does sound pretty good, add sliced tomatoes for additional garnish.
I still say that steak and kidney pie/pudding is delicious.
Yes, pork pies (any meat pies) in England are very tasty.
I'll take your word for it. Have to confess I've never eaten either. Not something you often see these days.