Your article ‘Push for new alcohol rules abandoned’ highlights the total inadequacy of the sale and purchase of Alcohol Act 2012. Touted as a new system for the benefit of the community, it is worse than a damp squib, and efforts will now have to be directed to having Parliament revisit the issue. One would have trusted that our council would have had the intestinal fortitude and listened to the widespread and clearly expressed wishes for more control to minimise alcohol related harm in our community. It was not entirely wishful thinking.
It is quite disconcerting and deeply disturbing to realise that in the long–protracted dealings on this matter, ‘the enemy’ was not the liquor industry, but our own council. A simple case of misplaced trust in elected representatives by Parliament.
This situation is reminiscent of an event many years ago, when the Federation of Labour and Employers’ Federation