The daft glass ban has been shelved: it seems that after an “11th hour climbdown” by officials, the compulsory use of plastic glasses will only apply in venues open after midnight and in places with a history of “glassing” attacks.
This is still fucking stupid because
- the "plastics" that they want to use are those hard ones which can be "broken" (or "snapped" is probably a better word) and used just as effectively as a glass, and
- if someone really wants to do someone damage, they will find something to use: a table, a stool, a knife, the "Niddry bat" (a baseball bat with two large kitchen knives gaffa-taped, bayonet-style, to the end of it), etc.
I propose, if the Scots are so worried about "glassings" that the Scottish Executive amends the law. I imagine that attacking someone with a glass could be classed as "assault with a deadly weapon" or some such; OK, then, double—or triple—the maximum sentence. Ensure that the law is enforced and make sure that a couple of cases of people being sent down for 35 years for glassing someone are run on the front pages of the papers. Every time glassing—or any kind of assault—is mentioned, gently suggest to the papers that these examples are dredged up time and again, as a reminder.
If that doesn't work, we should introduce public floggings which not only hurt, but also add the element of humiliation. Prison may be a badge of honour, but I doubt that being beaten, naked, in front of hundreds of people will carry the same cachet.
And another thing…
It’s bad form to rant and rave without offering an alternative, so here’s mine: why don’t we take the radical step of, y’know, enforcing the laws we already have? Like the ones prohibiting the sale of alcohol to underage kids, or the ones about being drunk and disorderly in public, or the ones prohibiting the sale of booze to people who are completely and utterly pissed?
He is, of course, absolutely right, but this is the story of the NuLabour administration (in Scotland, of course, it is exacerbated by having the awful fucking Liberals in coalition): make a whole raft of new laws and then enforce neither them nor the ones that you already had.
God, what a bunch of cunting wankpots they are...
UPDATE: Gary points me towards the Glasgow glass-ban rethink.
Gordon Macdiarmid, Glasgow's licensing board convener, said that the original proposed ban was prompted by requests from surgeons, members of the Scottish Parliament, and pub customers.
You see? It's those fucking doctors again: I see that I shall have to repeat myself.
John, you are a sodding surgeon. You are President of a bunch of surgeons. Surgeons are here to patch people up, OK? They are not here to make politics, so why don't you take your drinking limit and shove it up your arse? And then you can FUCK OFF! The last thing that we need is interfering busybodies like you giving this bunch of fascist wankscum ideas.
Why will no one listen, eh...?