I have been accused (and not just on this blog) of being dogmatic, confrontational and unwilling/unable to see the other person’s point of view.
I have also been accused (libellously) of being, shall we say, intemperate with regard to alcoholic beverage.
The following should put all these myths and libels to rest:
I live in an area of Birmingham (Bournville) which, thanks to those patronising, religious (Quaker), anti-union scum, the Cadbury family, has long been ‘dry’. Those of us who like the occasional social drink have to plan well ahead, because there are no ‘offies’ in the vacinity.
So I was well pleased to hear that Tesco (who have a pretty rotten “sweetheart” deal with USDAW, by the way), planned to open a store selling – amongst other things – booze -within staggering distance of where I live.
Then I received this, from my local (Tory) councillors:
“You may already be aware that TESCO are currently converting the old petrol station on Linden road into a TESCO Express site. This will be a site that sells a full range of foodstuffs and petrol from 7am intil 10:30pm
“However, TESCO have also recently put in an application to the City Council for permission to sell alcohol once this site is reopened.
“This is something that your local councillors are opposed to. We believe that the selling of alcohol from such a site may lead to underage sales to young people and may lead to an increase in anti social behaviour in the area fuelled by alcohol from this site.
“We have organised a public meeting at the United Reform Church on Beaumont Road to hear the views of local residents.
“We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
“Councillor Niger Dawkins”.
Well, I don’t mind telling you, I very nearly went along to tell Cllr. Dawkins and his fellow prohibitionists exactly what I thought of them. But I didn’t in the end. Because I was down the pub.
Then, a couple of days ago, my next-door neighbour came knocking at my door. She’s a lovely, kindly, public-spirited lady, who takes a great interest in all local matters, especially what’s happening on our road….she had a petition in her hand: it was from the Tory councillors, about Tesco’s application for an alcohol licence: what do you think I did?
Clue: I’m a natural-born coward : I mean, conciliator.