Brimful Of Authoritarianism…

Wahid Ibrahim could lose his licence to sell alcohol next week as a council review decides on his suitability to remain as the owner of B&W Stores in York Place, Brighton.

What did he do, sell alcohol to a minor? Well, yes. Once.

But his real ‘crime’ is selling alcohol to adults.

The review is the first in Sussex to be brought by fellow retailers and residents who say they are fed-up with a gang of up to 20 street drinkers fuelled by super-strength lager bought at B&W becoming involved in antisocial behaviour, threatening traders and fighting in the street.

And tomorrow, they will demand a review into Honest John’s Car Sales, because someone did a bank job with one of his vehicles…

I mean, aren’t all those things crimes? That the police should be dealing with?

Mr Wahid, who is a private gynaecology and obstetrics consultant, said his shop voluntarily stopped selling super-strength alcohol at the start of July but street drinkers still gathered around St Peter’s Place.

He said: “It is an endemic social problem. They are blaming the whole problem of Brighton on B&W. Why don’t they go after Special Brew manufacturers, where is AA? “

Well, they are large companies, with lawyers straining at the leash like Rottweilers, and can’t be bullied.

You? You’re a pushover. You’re the little guy…

If they can’t use moral blackmail, they’ll crush you utterly.

“If they can’t buy super-strength alcohol in London Road they will just go somewhere else.

“I am not here trying to make a big profit, I am just trying to make ends meet and pay my employees, but they want this place boarded up and ten people unemployed.”

Yes. And then, when squatters move in to your abandoned premises, they’ll scream all the louder…

6 comments for “Brimful Of Authoritarianism…

  1. August 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I mean, aren’t all those things crimes? That the police should be dealing with?

    In a sane society, yes.

  2. Tatty
    August 26, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    who is a private gynaecology and obstetrics consultant

    Can’t for the life of think why you didn’t stick that in bold ?!

    Oh wait…when considering an alternative to the NHS hospital for all my gynacological and maternity needs….’cos having all five digits of a stranger’s (hopefully clean) hand stuffed where the sun don’t shine is what all mothers look forward to having done “professionally”, occasionally….the very first people I usually turn to is the foreigners selling ye olde paint-stripper-alkie-killer at the bottom of our street.

    As you were… 😆

  3. BertEBassett
    August 26, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Sounds wrong to me

  4. Verily
    August 26, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I am confused. A man, with an obvious middle eastern name (most of whom reject contact with alcohol in all its forms, even when lifting cases by the palette load with a fork-lift truck) who also is “a private gynaecology and obstetrics consultant” is making ends meet by flogging booze.

    Okay, I accept it’s a funny old world, but part of me says this is not entirely about a man selling lager with a kick. Part of me wonders if the locals, exposed to a thin wedge of multi-cultural vibrancy, object to the man doing private looking and groping and slicing. The booze issue is a way of making a point about him and his paying hobby.

    Also, may I add that saying such matters are an “endemic social problem” is one of those sub-lawyer tricks to say it ain’t my fault, guv’nor. Fact is everything today is an endemic social problem, especially slicing and dicing down there.

  5. Furor Teutonicus
    August 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    XX where is AA? “ XX


    Maybe the “street drinkers” have no vehicles? Why should the AA, or even the RAC bother themselves?

    I mean, you fall over drunk, you need an ambulance, not a dodgy mechanic with a tow truck!

  6. August 29, 2013 at 8:25 am

    If I had trained for years in a specialisation that required me to medicinally fiddle with the private parts of ladies who would otherwise be scowling at and derisively scorning me for opening a friggin’ door for them if they were going into Tesco, I would be driven to having a bottle-shop too.

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