I raise my glass tonight in honour of Laura Hall. Ms Hall has become the first person to be barred from all licensed premises in England and Wales under a drinking banning order.
I know what you’re thinking, yes it is an impressive achievement and yes, I also thought that I would be the first to get such a ban. DBOs were introduced by the Home Office in September 2009 as a measure to prevent individuals who are causing alcohol-related disorder from entering specified licensed premises, but this is the first time one has been applied nationally.
Now this is all very good and dandy. But what’s the point of issuing such an unenforceable order? The article doesn’t carry a picture of Ms Hall. So for all I know she may be sat next to me in the Dog & Tangerine swilling pints of Old Crud Mild. What if I want to drop a coin to the Peelers and dob her in-how am I supposed to recognise her?
It’s enough to drive a man to drink