(nb. I am not the Devil's Kitchen)
Summer has arrived which, for me and my kind, means a chance to reacquaint ourselves with the British public house. Alas, as Josie Appleton of the Manifesto Club reminds us over at Reason.com, British pubs are being systematically destroyed by jumped up little Hitlers.
One Staffordshire pub hurriedly axed its 25-year-old dominos team, when police discovered that it lacked a license for sporting activity. Once the landlady had acquired a license, though, she discovered that nobody would be allowed to watch the dominos, since this "would constitute a live sporting event" and require a further license. The pub was also missing other key licenses, she said: "I was told that I couldn't have music playing, I can have the TV on but with no sound. The regulars can't sing any songs."
Dancing also requires official paperwork. One unlicensed York pub was threatened with a £20,000 fine, after an "impromptu jig by pensioner Mavis Brogden."
There's more of this - much more - all of which can be filed under 'You Couldn't Make It Up'. Barely-elected town councillors and bone-idle, authoritarian Chief Constables have had their powers inflated way beyond their limited capabilities by the Licensing Act and this is the result. A law intended to give local 'communities' a say in running their own affairs has instead given every local bansturbator a fresh weapon with which to clobber us. The terrifying thing is not that these fuckers overstep the line, but that are utterly unaware that any line exists. A pox upon them all.
"England has become a land of pussies."
"The sun has set on the British Empire."
"I always wanted to visit the UK. Now, not as much. Every day I read something on this site that makes me want to never go there and sure as hell never ever ever ever ever live there."
"I was trying to remember why we (the States) broke away from the mother country (the rest of you in the UK); then I read this article and I say to myself "Oh yeah, this kind of crap". Timeliness! Red tape never looses its appeal!"
"I have no desire to ever go to London now. First the complete coverage of the whole country with video cameras, then this, no way I will go there."
God, I hate this country.