Labour's policy on 24-hour drinking has proved a serious mistake, the former head of the Met said last night.Hoping to curry favour with the incoming government, are we, ‘Sir’ Ian?
He claimed ministers had ignored warnings that a licensing free-for-all would cause mayhem.Funny. I don’t recall that ever being offered as a reason not to force smokers outside…
'The decision to alter the licensing laws in the way they were altered, together with the planning laws, was a serious mistake,' he said.
'The concentration of drinking establishments in city centres has produced a pretty unpleasant atmosphere for almost everybody.
'The idea we were going to turn into some Italian piazza, sipping wine population, I do not think is going to happen.
'Whoever was suggesting it might not have noticed a winter like ours makes cafes pretty uncomfortable places outside.'
Sir Ian, who stood down as Metropolitan Police Commissioner in December 2008, said he had expressed concerns about the policy to politicians only to be told they were going to go ahead regardless.That can’t have come as a shock to him. And if he’d felt that strongly about it, why did he not offer his resignation, on principle…
Ah. Right. He doesn’t have any principles:
He has previously said that no one has a 'human right' to go drinking in the early hours.Do they have a human right to ride the Tube without getting mistaken for a bomber, slaughtered like a dog, then have their immediate actions lied about to the media?
Probably not. So I don’t think we’ll listen to your opinions on human rights with much interest…
Yesterday he told Radio 4's Today programme: 'We have to go back and think about it again.That’s the only way, is it? Nothing else?
'The city centres need to be recovered and they are only going to be recovered if you reduce the number of large establishments selling alcohol.'
Well, it’s clear you’ve researched this very hard and…
Oh, I give up. Why does anyone give this fool a platform?