A Liberal Democrat MP is proposing that wine should be sold in 125ml glasses, and that there should be statute to enforce this:
“The MP, a Lib Dem health spokesman, said: “In the last few years there has been a deliberate move by many bar and pub companies to phase out the traditional standard size 125ml glass of wine, and only sell the larger 175ml and 250ml size.
“In the latter case this is almost half a pint of wine.” He added: “The result inevitably has been that wine drinkers are less aware of how many units of alcohol they are drinking when they have ‘a few of glasses of wine’. “This is a real concern at a time when the figures show that alcohol related health problems are increasing, including women who drink the majority of wine purchased in bars and pubs.”
Data published by the Office for National Statistics last week suggests men drink an average of 18.7 units of alcohol a week, compared with 9.0 units for women.”
Should more pubs offer the option of wine in 125ml glasses? Yes. Should a law regulate this? No. Once again, those involved in law making have decided that since something is not perfect in their eyes, legislation is needed. This proposed law is a mere annoyance, but it is indicative of the desire of MPs, bureaucrats and others to micromanage people’s lives. Laws should be few and simple, dealing only with situations that would be much worse without law. The majority of the people should be able to understand any proposed law, even if the odd bit needs to be explained to them.
A society that needs great swathes of law is sick (in the medical sense). Not because it needs so many laws, but because when it has them this breaks down our essential humanity. There will always be people or groups who fight to retain a particular law, which is why it is so hard to take laws off the statute book. We need a reformation of mentality, shifting from a society that welcomes new laws to one that distrusts them, and which can be persuaded for the need in very few cases.
(On a general note I am sorry for my few posts, comments and tardy replies. Between sightseeing, traveling, not knowing the lay of the land and power cuts I have not been on the internet as much as I would like).
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