Cross posted from The Lone Voice.
So who is Don Shenker I asked before? The answer is an unelected head of a state funded "charity" - a quango in other words - designed to put across the government message of higher taxes on the demon drink.
Like spots on a teen Don keeps popping up everywhere, so lets have a look at Don's "message"
SPLAT - Like a zit being burst Don splatters into the Daily Mail, to lay into ministers, bleating that they are colluding with the alcohol lobby to water down new warning labels on drinks. Putting out the message that its all about saving the children and to help pregnant women.SQUEEZE and more puss from Don splatters forth the same message into theMorning Advertiser.
Two papers and online articles in the same day, hell MP's would cream their pants for coverage like that. Now note that no one has ever voted Don into any position of power what so ever.
The fake charities site has a lot more detail on alcohol concern. In effect an outsourced bit of government to push the policy of regulation, control and fear - as well as higher taxes.
One point Don and his puritanical ilk use is that of the so called booze units, the recommended guidelines that were in fact plucked out of the air and have no basis in real science what so ever:
Guidelines on safe alcohol consumption limits that have shaped health policy in Britain for 20 years were “plucked out of the air” as an “intelligent guess”.
The Times reveals today that the recommended weekly drinking limits of 21 units of alcohol for men and 14 for women, first introduced in 1987 and still in use today,had no firm scientific basis whatsoever.
Don even pretends to be helpful, what his help equates to is bans and extra costs, they openly push for the following:
Best of all, get this from the Morning advertiser...Alcohol Concern chief executive Don Shenker offered to work alongside the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) and think tank the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) to investigate ways to help responsible pubs survive.
- Supports banning happy hours = higher costs.
- Raising the price of alcohol = higher costs.
- Banning glass bottles in pubs = higher costs.
- Warning labels on cans and bottles = higher costs.
- Along with the use of piss poor plastic glasses, now used in my town centre and another cost that struggling pubs have to deal with.
As helpful to a struggling pub trade as a kick to the testicles, him helping pubs is like getting child care from Gary Glitter. The bloke is a curtain twitcher, a control freak who were he not on the state funded teat thanks to his fake charity, would be reporting his neighbors for putting the wrong rubbish in the wrong bin. Who knows maybe Don does that in his spare time?
Don every time you spread your prohibitionist shit, I shall be there to debunk it and spread the message that the perceived problem with booze is just that. A small problem affecting a small number of people, spun by lazy hacks, politicians out for tax raising and others with an axe to grind.
That in fact each and every day the vast majority of people go out, have a drink and do not: end up getting arrested, throwing up over a GP's shoes at 3AM, or causing any trouble what so ever.
That shock horror, they get up and carry as normal the next day and do not even pull a sickie.