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A Manifesto Event for Freedom

A glass of wine with your picnic? It's against the law
More than 700 “controlled drinking zones” have been set up across England, giving police sweeping powers to confiscate beer and wine from anyone enjoying a quiet outdoor tipple.
Local authorities are introducing the zones at a rate of 100 a year, The Times has learnt. Some cover whole cities, a radical departure from what the law intended.
Once a control zone is in place, police can seize alcohol from anyone who is not on licensed premises, even if the bottles or cans are unopened.
The law made clear that the zones should cover only streets or city centre areas with a record of alcohol-related disorder or nuisance.
There are now 712 zones, some covering vast areas where there is no record of disorder. There are city-wide bans in Coventry and Brighton, which cover even the quietest suburban streets....
Police in Brighton and Hove appear to be the most energetic in the country. Their 45 community support officers are making 25 confiscations a week. The Manifesto Club was inundated with claims of over-zealous enforcement, such as two young women forced to pour away glasses of wine that they were drinking on the beach, and three men having cans of lager confiscated as they stood on the promenade. Researchers observed drinks being confiscated from people having a quiet drink while admiring the plants in the Pavilion Gardens.
To protest at what it considers an excessive approach, the Manifesto Club is hosting a picnic on Brighton beach with alcoholic drinks on Saturday.


The Manifesto Club campaigns against the hyperregulation of everyday life. We support free movement across borders, free expression and free association. We challenge booze bans, photo bans, vetting and speech codes - all new ways in which the state regulates everyday life on the streets, in workplaces and in our private lives.
We believe that the freedom issues of the twenty-first century cut across old political boundaries, and require new schools of political thought, and new methods of campaigning and organisation.
There is much to celebrate about the contemporary world, but there is also an urgent need to work out how we can take that world forward. Any attempt to transform our society towards a freer, more enlightened future, must begin from the conviction that people have a tremendous capacity to organise their own lives, both individually and collectively. That is why at the Manifesto Club we campaign, write, petition and argue for freedom in everyday life.


Get out of the UK while they still wear reflective vests.

Much easier for the police (or their Police Canteen Support Officers) to hassle someone having a quiet drink than go and catch some real criminals, also helps them meet their targets because you can guarantee that every glass of wine poured away is logged as a crime "solved".

I never cease to be amazed by the ways the police find to alienate themselves from the public. I was reading elsewhere that one police force set up a speedtrap then had a large number of police officers down the road stopping anyone who warned oncoming traffic by flashing their headlights. They lectured them on "road safety", breathalysed them and gave £30 fixed penalties.

We seem to get less of this crap in Scotland. At least, so far.

A question. It is my impression that much of this low-level harassment of the citizenry comes from Police Community Support Officers, or Plastic Fuzz for short. Public reports suggest, indirectly, that many of these PCSOs are Muslim, and presumably not good enough to get into the regular force.

Could this be the connection which leads to persecution of people having a drink?

My heart goes out to you all in that atmosphere of endless supervision. Here, it is probably actually as bad, but we at least have the physical illusion of space. In a way, I do hope someone will pull out of the "Union," so that I could at least feel there IS somewhere for my grandkids to go to be free.

The police used to rely on people like me: law-abiding and middle class. No more. I will not cooperate with them in any way, shape or form. While they treat those who should form the bedrock of their support with contempt, that contempt will be reciprocated. If stopped for questioning, I will refuse to divulge my identity or intentions even under the threat of arrest. If arrested, the first and only words out of my mouth will be, "call the Duty Solicitor". If locked in a cell I will bring suit for unlawful arrest and wrongful imprisonment. If interrogated while in the presence of a lawyer, I will be maximally uncooperative, answering only those questions that my legal counsel advises me I have no option but to answer. I will not volunteer information. I will not contribute to Police benevolent charities. I will not treat individual officers with anything other than (polite) disdain.

It is vital that we move the locus of law enforcement back to where it belongs: in the hands of decent, law-abiding folk and not in the hands of some gang of uniformed hoodlums. The police need to be reminded, forcefully if necessary, for whom they work and from whom the consent to operate derives. If the police act ultra vires, then they have broken the Peelian compact (and the law). They need to be afraid of us, not the other war round.

David puts it beautifully. I would only add, after a recent experience, that it is time the scrotes currently trashing our civilisation were made afraid of decent people.

I'm with David too. We are not the enemy, they are...

" a radical departure from what the law intended"


Say it ain't so!

Who in the world expected that?

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