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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Scottish Tories vow to fight Nationalist attack on liberties

Hurrah for Annabel Goldie's Scottish Conservatives. After years on the perifery of politics north of the border, the current SNP minority administration is finally giving the party the chance to make a real impact on the lives of ordinary Scotsmen and women. Having secured additional funding for policing and drug rehabilitation in last year's budget, as a price for Conservative support, the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party is now taking on the Nationalists over their policy on alcohol.

I can only assume that the latest SNP policy has been driven by their perception that prohibition in 1920s America was a good idea. Thankfully, the Tories have taken up the challenge of leading opposition to the ridiculous plans to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21 and require supermarkets to have dedicated check-outs for selling alcohol. Just why is it that the SNP considers an 18 year old to be responsible enough to have a baby, to own firearms or to serve in the military, yet not responsible enough to drink responsibly? Can we expect future christenings to be dry?

Why is it that authoritarian politicians in the UK only talk about bringing Britain into line with Europe when it involves raising taxes or infringing upon civil liberties? Most European countries have much less draconian legislation surrounding alcohol sales and consumption, with lower drinking ages. They also have less alcohol related crime, because teenagers there learn how to drink responsibly at an early age, rathern than having to wait until they are let of their parental teather on their 18th birthdays. It is the one area where Britain really should try to learn something from Europe, and the one area that politicians of the left seem hell-bent to peddaling in the other direction. Well done to Annabel and the Scottish Conservative delegation for standing up to the nationalist bully-boys. We can only hope that Labour, the Lib Dems and the Greens will support their entirely sensible position on the matter

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