Mistletoe And Fine

The festive season is a time for joy and goodwill to all men. Or is it? It appears that the spirit of Scrooge lives on in the guise of Norwich City Council. They’ve written to some 104 hairdressing salons to remind them that they need a licence to sell alcohol. And to ensure that they’re not being naughty, they will be carrying out spot checks. Anyone not in Santa’s good books could face a fine of up to £20,000, or six months in gaol. Obviously the local crimpers are not too happy about this, as all they wanted to do was offer the odd complimentary glass of sherry or wine.

I say bah, humbug. That is a very strict, if not downright miserly, interpretation of “supply” in the 2003 Licensing Act. People wishing to exercise their God given right to access booze should not be hindered by minions of the state. Particularly when they wish to give it away. But do not despair, tong twirlers of Norwich. Remember it’s perfectly legal to have alcohol on the premise for your own consumption. And if a customer should happen to drink the wine you’ve poured for yourself, well, accidents do happen...

Or you could always simply move to Bury, where we positively encourage philanthropic drinking.


Tandleman said…
I believe the have withdrawn this. A Mr Jobsworth from Norwich Council was on the radio to explain so. He was slightly wrong footed when the subject of banning conkers was also brought up. That was one of theirs too.
Paul Garrard said…
Glad I'm growing my hair long (last ditch attempt before I lose it all). Norwich - first for entertainment!
I don't want to live anywhere else.
If they have withdrawn this, then it's great news for common sense. I for one go mine sweeping ever Waterstones, Sock Shop, Tie Rack and department store that is dealing out Sherry and mince pies. The Sherry goes down in one, the mince pie in the pocket for later and on to the next generous trader.

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