”… no matter how much he cries, no matter how much he begs . . . never, never feed him after midnight.”

Restaurant owners in London’s world-famous Brick Lane today said a midnight curfew would destroy the city’s curry capital.

A wha..?

A letter from Tower Hamlets Council warned that even eateries with licences to serve food and drink beyond midnight must now abide by local planning rules which insist upon midnight closing to cut down on “anti-social behaviour”.

Ah, yes. Of course. The world of collective punishment again.

Mr Hussain, 62, who is vice chairman of the Brick Lane Restaurateurs Association, said: “This has come completely out of the blue. We get a lot of customers during 12pm and 2am. We have no lunch trade so if we have no late night trade how can we survive?

“I predict 30 per cent of the restaurants will be gone within three months. They can’t pay their rent. If there are no restaurants Brick Lane will be nothing.”

And all the potential miscreants will be tucked up in bed with a cocoa. Yeah. Right…

A council spokesman said: “This enforcement action relates to the normal opening hours of businesses down Brick Lane. Planning enforcement officers visited all licenced premises in January, as part of partnership work with the police to reduce anti-social behaviour.

“Bar owners and restaurants were reminded of their responsibility to operate within their official opening hours, which are restricted by official planning conditions.

Formal planning enforcement notices would be served to any premises that continue to open beyond their approved opening hours.”

This country has gone utterly mad…

9 comments for “”… no matter how much he cries, no matter how much he begs . . . never, never feed him after midnight.”

  1. February 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    As I wrote, on an entirely different subject, the skeins of thought produced by local officialdom, are almost identical to the thought processes which produced the well known phrase ‘Befehl ist Befehl’; which of course translates to ‘Orders are Orders’.

    The council works on paper, and anything which is agreed, or promulgated through the council system must be adhered to without fear or favour. These officials are probably perfectly decent people, but they seem hogtied and lashed to a bureaucratic system which cannot, and will not, switch to a different track because of special circumstances.

    For a typical example, just read the lunacies of a council which was asked to provide a ramp which would accept a wheelchair carrying a young disabled girl to and from her council house. We know that ramps have to adhere to Building Standards; we accept that the ramp must be built so that the person pushing the wheelchair has to be protected against a steep slope, but, just check for yourselft ; is this the correct solution?

    • Furor Teutonicus
      February 14, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      XX ‘Befehl ist Befehl’; which of course translates to ‘Orders are Orders’. XX

      No. It does not.

      It translates to “Order is order.”

      What YOU are trying to say is “Befehle sind Befehle.”

      • MTG
        February 14, 2014 at 4:09 pm

        The literal German singularity is well understood. However ‘Befehl ist Befehl’ has post-war identities invoking the plural. 😉

    • February 15, 2014 at 6:53 am

      “..but, just check for yourselft ; is this the correct solution?”

      When even the ‘Guardian’ commentariat are poking fun at you, you know you’re in the soup!

  2. February 14, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Thank you, you pedantic little twerp!

    • Furor Teutonicus
      February 15, 2014 at 6:22 am

      Always willing to correct the one who thinks he is a smart arse when he is hopelessly wrong.

  3. February 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I bet this is coming from Anjem Chowdry and his mates, as a first move to forcing businesses that sell alcohol out of business on what he sees as Muslim territory.

    • February 15, 2014 at 6:54 am

      You could well be right..

  4. John
    February 16, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I wonder how many of these curry houses are even licenced? Not all of them are…

    Regardless we see the ongoing march of rules and enforcement imposed on working people by local bureaucracy which has never run a business or probably really had a proper job.

    If Brick Lane goes bust, they will just start applying for Government regeneration grants until Tesco opens a store there – job done for the council.

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