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If anything smacks of a show of religion here, secularists want an immediate ban

Published 18/04/2014 | 02:30

We really shouldn't complain. In New Zealand they have it much worse
We really shouldn't complain. In New Zealand they have it much worse

It's Good Friday and we have the usual hoo-hah about the ban on alcohol sales. Publicans and restaurateurs are complaining loudly. It's the busy Easter weekend they lament, and they can't sell alcohol to their customers.

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But why is the weekend busy? Why is it a Bank Holiday weekend in the first place? The publicans and restaurateurs never seem to answer that question.

The answer, of course, is precisely that it's the Easter weekend. If it wasn't, it would be a normal weekend with no Bank Holiday on Monday and today would be like any other day instead of a day lots of people still get off work.

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