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25-10-2014, 17:00
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Scotland’s Justice Secretary Kenny McAskill has put a dampener on Scotland’s upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations by promising to cut the country’s drink-drive limit (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-29750001) on 5 December. I’m sure all Scots will welcome him throwing a dark blanket of prohibitionist gloom over them.
I’ve written on this before (http://pubcurmudgeon.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/scotland-grey.html), and there’s not much more I can add. The idea that English drivers could be banned from driving in England for doing something in Scotland that is entirely legal south of the Border is utterly disgraceful. And I continue to believe that this is essentially an anti-drink and anti-pub measure, not a road safety one.
The Scottish pub scene is distinctively different, and the country doesn’t really have the characterful rural and village pubs that are such a distinctive feature of England. However, this move will have a negative effect across the whole pub trade, and inevitably lead to renewed calls for a limit cut south of the Border.
And I don’t believe it will save a single life.

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