Assume for a second that our judges are right. If removing state controls on serving alcohol will indeed lead certain people to be more violent, does that excuse the behaviour of those people? Does that anticipated behaviour excuse restricting the freedoms of those of us (the majority) who were not violent under the old regime and will not be violent under the new?
Are the British so uniquely vicious that unrestricted drinking will have a worse effect on them than on the French, Belgians or Germans? Do we now accept, at last, the old French thesis that we are barbarians; not civilised at all?
What rot. This is nothing more nor less than puritanism. To blame "...offences of rape, grievous bodily harm and worse..." on alcohol is to excuse the rapists and thugs. Such shoddy thinking is the cause of our problems, not alcohol.
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