Vice Squad
Monday, January 17, 2005
British Opening Hours Liberalisation Under Threat

In early February, Britain is scheduled to allow alcohol sellers to stay open 24-hours. Part of the rationale for the change is to prevent the simultaneous spilling of drunks onto the streets at the common closing time of multiple pubs. The slated loosening of the hours controls, however, is attracting more opposition as the implementation date (February 7) draws near, including opposition from MPs and from police. Today's Guardian calls for a go-slow approach, via some pilot programs in a few towns. Sounds like a reasonable suggestion to me.

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