Friday, August 17, 2007

Drinking Age.

Insane people have recently been calling for the drinking age in the UK to be raised to 21. Whilst I'm not a big drinker myself (it would interfere with my crack addiction) this is an infantilising proposal to treat adults as children. Furthermore it would bring the law into popular contempt as it would be broken on a massive scale. Rather than me blathering on, here is a Mark Steyn article from 2001 on the subject:
On the stump, the helmet-haired Mrs Dole conceded that she wasn't happy with the legal drinking age of 21 that she'd forced on the nation. No, these days Nurse Ratched thinks it should be 24. Twenty-four! It would make more sense the other way round: instead of starting drinking at 24, you should stop drinking when you're 24, sober up and start going to work.

2 comments:

Sir James Beiggelschwarz said...

There's another stunningly deceptive ploy - leave it as it is.

Anonymous said...

Tch! People have such short memories, does no one today remember the opium dens and gin palaces of Georgian and Victorian Britian?

What is missing now but not then, was the assumption that if and when accosted by a drunkard or addict, one could beat him or her around the head with impunity. Today of course, the pigs would be down on you like a ton (tonne, for your EU fillies out there) of bricks.

In short, it is the State that is screwing us sober dipsomaniacs, not the drunkards.