Friday, January 14, 2005

Via Enthalpy comes word of British PM Tony Blair injecting a bit of common sense into the UK's laws governing the hours during which pubs may opperate:

Blair insists the longer hours won't mean a spike in drunken violence.

Licensing laws now require most pubs in England and Wales to close at 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and at 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Blair says most people are law-abiding citizens who just want to get a drink at their convenience.

The government says flexible pub hours will result in a more relaxed attitude toward drinking. Many Britons slam down several drinks because of the early closing times.

All I can say is thank goodness that most laws governing the sale and distribution of alcohol in this country aren't federal. Well, at least not anymore.

Or should I say not yet?


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