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Something for the weekend Sir?

Happy hours and drinking games to be banned under new laws - Telegraph

Happy hours, drinking games and all-you-can-drink deals in pubs and bars will be banned, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

Controversial food scraps bin scheme for all households - Telegraph

Every household in the country could soon be required to keep a separate bin for food scraps as a new scheme to reduce landfill is rolled out across the country.

Alistair Darling to signal future tax rises to pay for Government's borrowing - Telegraph

Britain colder than Moscow as Arctic snap brings snow as far south as Kent - Telegraph

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The first time I was in the barber's chair on a Friday and was offered "something for the weekend, sir" I looked at the packet and found it necessary to ask for a smaller size. It scarred me for life.

Just out of curiosity, how exactly are they going to enforce the "no-games" law, given an indifferent publican?

Kim-

The same way they enforce everything else. Terrorising publicans with loss of licences to make them police their own customers, "undercover inspectors" i.e. secret police. Etc.

They've got the whole system down pat now. They could order us all to hop to work on Tuesdays and we'd do it, even us raving libertarians, we'd just grumble more. They really can enforce anything.

Note also the persistent use of "the rule of the threat of law"; drink companies have been told to "voluntarily" label their products as deadly to human life or face legal compulsion. Like I said, they've got the whole thing down pat now.

This food scraps thing - as I understand it you can't feed waste food to animals, you can't use it for compost (urban types don't have the garden for that anyway), so what the chuff is going to happen to it? Unless the government plans to build special "waste food residue" disposal units, it's going to have to be landfilled anyway.

About the only advantage (from the state's perspective) that I can see is that once they are neatly seperated, Inspectors will be able check people's food waste and then issue them with warnings about their eating habits or the fact that they are throwing too much away.

One commenter on the Daily Telegraph report made a valid point: what about garbage disposals? No need to segregate your kitchen scraps if they all get comminuted and flushed down the drain.

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