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The Demonised Drinkers

by | 16th, November 2005

‘WHEN does a few lads enjoying some beers turn into a gang of binge drinkers? When does laughing out loud in the street become a breach of the peace? Answer: when you become old.

‘Watch yer car, mister’

The Independent says that we are suffering from something called “Victor Meldrew syndrome’, a condition named after the miserabilist character in the television series One Foot in the Grave.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick, head of youth crime for the Metropolitan Police, says the older generations are in danger of demonising the young.

‘Youthful exuberance” is increasingly being described as antisocial behaviour.

Says Paddick: “When kids used to play football in the street and hit a car people used to not be particularly concerned about it. Now it would probably result in a heated argument in the street between the car owner and the young person.’

Not to mention the name calling, the idle threats and the filming of the entire incident for a slot on TV news about how Britain is out of control.

Not that everyone will listen to Paddick. He is the homosexual copper who was removed from his job as commander of the south London borough of Lambeth after a former lover claimed the officer had smoked cannabis.

But he makes his point well.

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