It isn’t necessarily bad that “6,000 pubs have closed since 2006” because of banning smoking (Perspective, 22 December).
It could be a “good” unintended consequence of the intended action of enforcing legislation on smoking.
Perhaps the reduction in the drink-driving alcohol limit will also lead to even more closures.
Can it be gainsaid that there is a considerable public benefit from government enforcing moral behaviour?
Should city, town or even village centres be “no-go areas” because of alcohol-fuelled “bad” behaviour?
It is debatable whether drinking should be allowed at football matches, on trains, buses and planes. Recognising of course such a view is repugnant to liberals who call it the “nanny state.”
Arguably, upholding by the criminal law public ethical standards is necessary for maintaining the social order.
Old Chapel Walk