Tuesday 24 October 2017

Pay attention, Ireland - because we're being Nannied to death...

Booze ads: New restrictions are yet another way of telling us what to think and how to live
Booze ads: New restrictions are yet another way of telling us what to think and how to live
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

First they came for our Christmas ads and we said nothing. Well, not quite. First they came for our Christmas ads and the nation, as one, rolled their eyes to heaven and had a grim laugh as yet another bunch of unelected, unrepresentative, State-funded busybodies decided to justify their existence by going after Christmas commercials.

I am referring, of course, to the latest proposals in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, the newest piece of legislative window dressing which won't address any problems, but will make life moderately more difficult for people, which I'm beginning to think is the main motivating factor behind groups like Alcohol Action Ireland.

If you saw the headlines, you'll know the story. The new restrictions placed on booze ads will even impact - oh, the humanity! - on such 'iconic' ads as the Guinness Christmas campaign.

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