I have never been happy with the authoritarian streak in Conservative thinking in Britain. The Conservatives are only marginally less inclined to tell us all how to live than Labour. This item from their website is typical of their defective thinking. They want to save "binge drinkers" from themselves by controlling the behaviour of all of us. What's wrong with simply punishing those who break the law when drunk, leaving the well-behaved majority to their pleasures? What's wrong with removing or adjusting the liquor licenses of those publicans and restauranteurs whose clientele cause a persistent problem, rather than controlling all licensed premises?
This is nasty populism in an ageing society which is increasingly less tolerant (and correspondingly more in need of protected civil liberties than ever). Sadly, Michael "something of the night" Howard is very much on the authoritarian wing.
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