Saturday 23 September 2017

Carol Hunt: God bless us and save us from the moral defenders

Deliberately confusing alcohol abuse with deals targeting Child Benefit recipients is unfair, writes Carol Hunt

Nabbed. And in neutral Switzerland to boot. I have to take my hat off to Averil Power, I didn't realise the hand of the Irish indignant moral brigade could stretch so far.

But there I was, on the way home from a (hardworking) press trip, being told by a dour-faced Swiss boy that I hadn't a hope of getting my duty-free alcohol past the security gate. His explanation was that the sales girl hadn't sealed the bag, but I knew it was because it had been bought with my Child Benefit payment.

The shame of it. My reputation as a fairly decent mother had just been destroyed -- in front of a group of male journalists, no less.

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