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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Blairy-eyed Boozers?

Tony Blair has got some funny ideas! He has some terribly dangerous ones too, like his Iraq adventure, but when it comes to the yob culture - well?

He has given a lecture about showing respect. Sounds all well and good. Get tough on binge drinkers and louts. So he gets a new unit off the ground and puts in a good pal to look after things. Who is this person? Well, none other than Louise Casey, that intemperent temperance knocker! She is the one who said whilst speaking in Stratford-upon-Avon to a meeting which was recorded and a tape sent to BBC News - "I suppose you can't binge drink anymore because lots of people have said you can't do it. I don't know who bloody made that up, it's nonsense." She went on to say that some ministers might perform better if they "turn up in the morning pissed". "Doing things sober is no way to get things done," she added.

This is the woman who, being the former national director of the Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, has so endeared herself and her abilities to Tony! Any wonder that this government is looked upon with such disfavour?

Blair's previous ideas have included hauling yobs off to ATMs for the paying of instant fines. Not an idea endorsed by the police! And using "respect" as the name for his new unit? Will anyone respect him when the drunks say that being intoxicated is the only way they can get things done!



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