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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Appeasement isn't possible


Good and bad news, cooking lager enthusiasts. Bad first, looks like the government will be going ahead with restricting the sale of cheap grog here in the torygraph. Better news in the grunyad here that it will have no effect.

So the good news is cheap booze will remain available, the bad news is the first ham fisted attempt at prohibition is being made, albeit ineffectively.

First they came for the cheap cider drinkers, and I didn't speak out because I didn’t drink cheap cider. Then they came for the cheap lager drinkers, and I didn't speak out because I didn’t drink cheap lager. Then they came for the cheap wine drinkers, and I didn't speak out because I didn’t drink cheap wine. Then they came for the craft pongy ale drinkers and there was no one was left to speak out for me. Whatever grog you like to throw down your neck, the prohibitionists are the enemy, not the boozers that neck different grog. Appeasement isn't possible, stand up and be counted.

13 comments:

The Beer Nut said...

Hear hear!

Mind you, I don't like the way "appeasement" -- which just means trying to settle things without having a war -- is always used with negative connotations these days.

There is nothing wrong, in general, with appeasement. Though that doesn't apply here.

We will fight them in the supermarkets, we will fight them in the posh pong merchants, we will fight them in the Wetherspoons and in the spoogedens where it's four quid for a half...

Cooking Lager said...

Is it possible to compromise with the prohibitionists?

Will they stop once they get 50p a unit or is that just the start?

I am Stan said...

I`m going to brew my own and build a smoky/drinky in the garden,open to all,bring some pork pies, don`t scrounge fags and your welcome.....;)

Rob said...

Damn right. Down with this sorta thing!

Cooking Lager said...

Make sure you put up a dart board, Stan.

Curmudgeon said...

Whether you like it or not, "appeasement" has come to mean "seeking to make a compromise with people who cannot really be compromised with and who will continually demand more concessions".

Neville Chamberlain was entirely honourable in seeking to preserve peace in Europe, but he was proved wrong as Hitler would never say "enough is enough". No lasting settlement can ever be reached with the neo-Pros - they are constantly seeking to ratchet taxation, licensing and public opinion in their direction.

Darren said...

and again the government saves you from yourself! bastards. Nice picture though Cooky

Dick Puddlecote said...

Yes, yes, yes! Perfect, Cookie.

Beer Nut: Here's one of the few MPs I actually respect on the subject of appeasement.

"All that would not be so bad if I thought that, in the end, if after all the Committee's recommendations were introduced, its members would say that they were satisfied. The problem, however, as with all these matters, is that the report panders to the zealots in society who are never satisfied. I guarantee that if all the recommendations were introduced, Committee members would, within a few months at most, come back with further recommendations because the previous ones had not gone far enough. This lobby is impossible to satisfy.

There is no value to appeasing these people, pubs and their representatives have already gone too far down that route. So far, in fact, that I don't believe you're even listened to anymore.

If you ever notice any relenting which could disprove that notion, please point it out.

(a few guff words from duplicitous MPs doesn't count)

The Beer Nut said...

I hope they wouldn't listen to me, what with the way they don't represent me and I don't pay their expenses.

Curmudgeon said...

But your own lot seem to have made an even worse cock-up of things...

The Beer Nut said...

I know. Off licences closing at 10pm is way worse than a tokenistic ban on below duty+VAT selling.

Problem is, our country is largely run by publicans.

Tandleman said...

That lass in the photo can appease me any time she likes!

Cooking Lager said...

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/brendanoneill2/100072402/minimum-alcohol-pricing-is-a-sin-tax-designed-to-punish-poor-people-for-the-crime-of-getting-hammered/

is a cracker.