If We’re Going To Have Morality Police, We Might As Well Twin With Saudi Arabia…

Burger King has lost its bid to sell beer at two of London’s busiest rail stations, following strong opposition from police.

When did their opinion (based on what gives them the easiest life) matter so much?

Particularly when it’s so poorly thought out:

PC Bryan Lewis told Westminster council’s licensing sub-committee the measures could put young people at risk, and increase crime and disorder in and around the stations.

“To us, it’s fast food, fast service, fast alcohol and fast drunkenness, as a result of that,” he said.

“People consume alcohol and have a desire to eat fast food on the way home. At this point, they have had enough to drink but then they will be offered more [alcohol] at the station.”

So? They don’t have to accept. And after all, can’t they get alcohol elsewhere?

Yes. It seems they can:

Nicola Smith, solicitor for SSP, pointed out that Burger King customers could already purchase alcohol from other restaurants and shops surrounding the station.

She said: “It’s really so that our customers can go to one venue instead of two.”

But when that ease of purchase for the citizen opens up a teeny, tiny possibility that a policeman’s life might be made just that little bit harder by having to do the job he’s paid for, well, convenience be damned!

PC Lewis said that granting the licences would set “a precedent” for other fast food stores wanting to sell alcoholic drinks across the capital.

He added that there would be no security in place to stop customers buying beer and handing it to underage drinkers.

So this is the first Burger King station outlet to serve beer, is it? And there’s security in all these other places to stop underage drinkers, is there?

The answers would appear to be ‘No’ and ‘Who knows?’…

Fast food junkies can already purchase a beer with their burger inside Burger King restaurants at two London train stations – East Croydon and Fenchurch Street.

And I’m assuming we haven’t seen the collapse of all decent behaviour at these locations (not that East Croydon had much to start with…)?

But why ask these vital questions to safeguard our rights when you can simply rubberstamp the police demands?

Refusing the application, chair of the licensing sub-committee councillor Angela Harvey said: “These mainline stations are transport hubs with many millions of people passing through.

“Increased consumption of alcohol in these public spaces will lead to more drinking on trains and in the streets.

“Encouraging drinking in public spaces can lead to public nuisance, crime and disorder. We have listened to the concerns raised by the Metropolitan Police Service.

“We find that the proposed application isn’t appropriate as it’s not adequately controlled.”

Well done, Angela! Your concern for the police’s efforts to ensure themselves a quiet life at the expense of everyone else will not be forgotten.

13 comments for “If We’re Going To Have Morality Police, We Might As Well Twin With Saudi Arabia…

  1. Lord T
    March 2, 2016 at 11:59 am

    He added that there would be no security in place to stop customers buying beer and handing it to underage drinkers.

    Err. As to what security is in place at places like Asda and the like.

    Lazy policing.

    • Ted Treen
      March 2, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Aren’t they overwhelmed at the moment trawling social media for “offensive” or “non-PC” utterances from “non-violent extremists”? Surely you can’t expect them to be out preventing crime on the streets as well, can you?

      • March 13, 2016 at 6:30 am


  2. Hereward Unbowed.
    March 2, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Let the beer flow, surely it’s far better to ban guess the provenance of the meat – fat burgers and chips?

    And another thing, why are they so bovvered? How much did this little confection and escapism all cost?
    Alas, the Met are always claiming poverty, “we’re broke!” they shriek. On and on, they bang people up for wasting their oh so precious police time…………………..what a set of hypocritical jerks and who can’t tell which way is up – they’ve all become.

  3. The Jannie
    March 2, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Today’s irritant – when were our railway stations replaced by “train stations”?

    • March 13, 2016 at 6:30 am

      And when was ‘We are running a normal service’ replaced with ‘We are running a good service’..?

  4. March 2, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Farting’s next.

  5. Mr Angry
    March 3, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Actually believe it or not it’s swearing! A “list” of “offensive words” has been drawn up by the Gauleiter of Salford Quays, naturally not published, banning swearing and such in the Quays…Every time I think even Littlejohn couldn’t make it up, they dig a little deeper into the pit of stupidity.

  6. mona
    March 3, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I have not heard of Common Purpose lately, to them, talking about Brexit is grossly offensive, as you know we have a dual legal system in this country Sharia and the Common law so Saudi and Britain are closer than you think

    • Hereward Unbowed.
      March 3, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      In parts of Britain the rise of mini Islamic republics; Tower Hamlets, Dewsbury, Glodwick, Blackburn, Accrington, Rochdale, Rotherham most if not all of East London, where the Wahhabists are already running local government.
      Also observe, in parts of the west end the Met police turn a blind eye to the shenanigans – of drunken boy racers from the KSA and its satrapies.

      They’re here and treat London as, a vassal state.

  7. March 4, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Read and weep was the appropriate tag.

    • March 13, 2016 at 6:29 am

      I use that a lot… 😉

  8. March 12, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    This is a very common objection. And it could definitely have that effect. In all likelihood, it will. That’s just the way the world is organized at the moment. However, if we were significantly enhanced and better morally educated, maybe we would make these technological possibilities available to more people and reduce inequality. That’s also a possibility.

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