Send in the Clowns

Send in the clowns
Don't bother, they're here

The nutters on Bury’s licensing panel have done it again. Or rather not done it. Having failed to close Lush, despite being given the opportunity to do so, they’ve now let another one slip through the net. Police had wanted Club NV (geddit?) stripped of its licence for operating beyond its 230am closing time. Quite an unusual offence actually, considering the flexible nature of today’s licensing regime. But, then of course, NV has a bit of previous. It was the first town centre venue to get a 4am licence, and the first to have it revised after a drunken mob tried to storm it. The problem is that late night drinking was the only appeal NV had. Hence their attempts to be economical with their licence. Not surprisingly, the police have had enough of this place. You don’t have to convince me that it should be shown the red card. It is, after all, a seedy, knuckledraggers dive populated by blokes who should have “Sad and Stupid” tattooed on their forehead. I say blokes as it’s mainly a testosterone driven zone, apart from the occasional, very desperate, slapper.

Anyway, what have the panel of wise monkeys decided? Despite its reputation and police advice, they’ve slapped it with an order saying that it has to close by 215am and be emptied by 230am. Way to go. If that had been a neighbourhood local, they would have been down on it like a ton of bricks. But a club on the street of shame-who cares? After all, I bet none of the panel frequent the town centre late at night. And who can blame them? They need to get out of their ivory towers once in awhile, and spend some time in the real world. We hear a lot of nonsense talked about “drink and anti social problems,” but if those in authority fail to act when needed, what hope is there? Or is it a case of do as I say, not as I do?

If you’re not going to pee, get off the pot…


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