I really do not know about the move to 24 hour open all day and all of the night drinking in England. The BBC has a good article this morning on the debate:
Shadow culture secretary Theresa May... said it was of "great concern" that a "significant number, if not a majority" of premises that would have 24-hour drinking were supermarkets and petrol stations, which she said were often frequented by underage drinkers. She concluded that the change "will lead to more disorder", adding that "government ministers have accepted that there will be more crime as a result of these laws".While it is very difficult to observe one culture's point of view on the drink and I am not one to race to the line up under the sign that says "prudes", there is an aspect to this which is beyond personal liberty that seems to be is entirely abandoning what I would think would be the limits of prudent management given what alcohol actually does. Do you really need drinking at supermarkets and petrol stations? And who needs a "social life" at 4 am or 9 am? Is the teen aged clerk trained to cut the guy off at the gas station at 7:45 am before he gets in the car?
But Mark Hastings from the British Beer and Pub Association welcomed the changes. He said: "We've been saying for a long time that the result of this change would be a relatively modest increase in overall licensing hours, that 24-hour opening was an urban myth, and certainly 24-hour drinking would be an urban myth. What we're actually seeing is that at last in this country adults are going to be treated like grown-ups and given a little bit of choice about having a social life beyond 11 o'clock at night."
Your comments would be interesting on this one.