Monday, 8 September 2008

Weekend/Drink Pilot



I had a good weekend. Saturday night I watched 'Letters From Iwo Jima', the companion film to 'Flags of Our Fathers', both Directed by Eastwood. It's a brilliant film, one that I have seen before, but always worth another viewing.

It shows the battle for Iwo Jima from the Japanese perspective and its fascinating. Girlfriend bought me a copy of 'Japan at War - An Oral History' at Christmas. It's horrifying and heartbreaking by turns. I'm glad I read it before watching the film as I got a lot more out of it.

Sunday I drove to Edinburgh and we went to the Renaissance exhibition at Holyrood Palace. It's more than worth the £5 entry fee and there are some unrivalled masterpieces there. I'd heartiuly recommend it if you are in the city.

The only fly in the ointment was some pretentious git stomping about stepping in front of other people who were viewing the paintings. There's always one at these things, usually with a condescending attitude as though they had painted the bloody things themselves.

Following on from my post last week on the proposed ban on off sales to people under 21, the tories put out this press release:

Lamont slams 'latest propaganda' for ludicrous SNP plan

Commenting ahead of the Minister for Public Health’s visit to Stenhousemuir tomorrow ‘to hear about the success of the Stop the Supply over-21s off-sales alcohol pilot’, John Lamont MSP, Shadow Minister for Community Safety, said:

“I have no doubt that this will be used as the latest propaganda from the SNP in an effort to convince us that their ludicrous plans to criminalise those under the age of 21 who buy alcohol are the way forward.

“The fact is that this plan was accompanied by a crackdown on existing legislation and a specific policing focus on this initiative. The SNP Government’s lamentable track record on justice issues thus far suggests this will not be the case if the scheme was rolled out across the country. Therefore the argument is being presented on a false premise.

“Scottish Conservatives will continue to lead the opposition to the suggestion a responsible, 20 year old adult who wants to buy a bottle of wine to take home and celebrate the birth of his baby is breaking the law; we will also fight against stigmatising the pensioner who wants to buy alcohol in the supermarket and would be forced to line up in a special ‘drinks only’ queue.

“Nothing is more likely to send out mixed messages than pulling age limitations in all different directions. No one is denying that Scotland's drink culture must be tackled - but the solution being heralded here is not going to make the required difference. The key is to target problem drinks and problem drinkers and a crackdown using existing laws to punish those who sell to underage drinkers. The SNP’s blanket approach simply does not do that.”

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