Snifter sniffs out real story

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Three years ago, we ran an April Fool's Day piece saying that David Blunkett, who was Home Secretary at the time, was considering introducing a...

Three years ago, we ran an April Fool's Day piece saying that David Blunkett, who was Home Secretary at the time, was considering introducing a drinker's licence, similar to a driver's licence.

The gist of the spoof was that people would have to pass a written and practical test - the latter to judge a person's drinking capacity - before receiving a licence, which would have to be produced when buying a drink or receiving one in a pub.

The licence would contain details of the maximum amount the person could consume, based on factors such as body mass and intelligence. This information, stored electronically on the licence, would alert licensees automatically when the permitted quota had been exceeded that day, during the month or within the year.

The scheme would be run by the (acronym unfriendly) Alcohol Reduction Strategy Executive.

Little did visionary Snifter know that the spoof could well turn into reality if a petition recently sent to the Prime Minister sees the light of day.

The petition reads: "All those legally allowed to drink will have to apply for a personal licence to drink in public or to buy alcohol.

"Then use a three-strikes-and-you're-out rule for anti-social behaviour linked to individuals' drinking.

At all points of sale, you will have to show your licence is current to buy and, if found drinking by authorities, show your licence."

Funnily enough, that suggests it would look just like a driving licence...

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