"Tam lo'ed him like a very brither,
they had been fou for weeks thegither"
If the Scottish SNP Govt. have their way a young man or woman can go to cast their vote at election time but wont be able to buy a can of beer, they can also drive a car, get married, raise children, own a home and they can kill and be killed as a member of the armed forces but can't buy that can of beer.
This a stupid knee jerk scatter gun approach to the problem of alcohol abuse.
Young people who voted SNP must be feeling betrayed, they are all being tarred with the same brush and the fact of the matter is it will not work, young people will find a way to get drink, the easiest way would be to get a big brother or sister to get it, that's how stupid the Govt. proposal is. There is also no shortage of people old enough to avoid the ban who will get them the stuff for a small fee.
A 21 yr. old can buy from an off licence and binge drink to his/her content so the problem will go on, the biggest problem with alcohol is not among teenagers it's among mature adults and that's not even mentioned.
This is rather like the misapprehension that ASBO's are mainly slapped on youngsters when the large majority are for mature adults who are invariably problem drinkers.
I have been in about 8 different European Countries and I have never witnessed youths binge drinking so, maybe we should take a leaf out of their book and educate youngsters to behave responsibly with alcohol.
That of course would be difficult and it would take a long time to succeed but it has a far better chance than this half baked populist measure, which is designed more to grab headlines for the SNP than it is to solve the problem.
Alex (the spiv) - "lets demonise the feckless young that's always worth a few votes"
When he makes another deceitful speech about those brave youngsters who wear the proud Scottish uniform in foreign fields, I hope they remember that this man thinks so much of them that he doesn't trust them to buy a beer from a supermarket.