and the National/Act Government (you will note the deliberate omissions) in deciding to continue to exempt Police/Military/Firefighters Bars from the restrictions imposed by the Liquor Licensing Act. The 'one glove fits all' approach is hardly the recipe for good policy making.
No matter that the soon to be ex-Commissioner Broad and Police Headquarters were locked into the 'PC' mentality nurtured so well under the Labour Government that he/they argued for doing away with the exemption. That just shows their disconnect from those at the coal face of their profession. Policing is a 24/7 operation and those doing the hard yards cannot just wander into their local to unwind. Clearly there are some in the community bereft of the wit or intelligence to figure that out. Equally clearly and isn't that good that they no longer have their hands on the levers of power.
As for the Military and I can attest that Officer's and Sergeant's Messes; Corporal's Clubs and OR's Canteens are run responsibly. Excessive use of alcohol is not the norm and anyone pushing the boundaries is likely to find themselves having a 'come to Jesus' talk with the system. It is also a matter of record that the consumption of alcohol in the military has markedly reduced over the past couple of decades.
Have no great knowledge of Firefighters Bars and have only been in one once but I can imagine that, like the police, there is a need to unwind after having to pull bits of bodies from cars and the like ... part of the coping process.
So, to end where I started. Congrats to Judith Collins for standing up to the wowsers and do gooders whose experience of the realities of life is probably limited to their time in the Scouts/Guides (with no reflection on those two very worthy organisations).
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