And today there's an "exclusive" in the Scottish Mail on Sunday:
Scotland is set to become the first country in Europe to ban alcohol for under-21s as part of a radical shake-up of licensing laws.So, we become an international laughing-stock, we kiss goodbye to much of the Edinburgh and Glasgow tourist business and, just like 1920s America, we create a vast criminal class. The tyrannical morons who propose things like this have no understanding of human behaviour. The insane "war on drugs" is the biggest subsidy to crime in history, and now some idiots want to expand it!
The controversial crackdown would also see all members of the public limited to only four alcoholic drinks per visit to a pub or club.
Restricting freedom merely drives the target underground. Does anyone think that the five-pints-a-night man will refrain from upgrading to a higher-strength beer? Will those of us who prefer something less powerful find that our's is the one to be dropped by the breweries?
Then the "human rights" lawyers will have a field day. Poor old Joe Bloggs in his one pub village is limited to four pints. He realises that his cousin in Edinburgh can buy 2,400 pints a night quite legally - there are around 600 pubs in Edinburgh. This is discrimination against those living in the countryside. Ruralism, we could call it. At least it's another earning-opportunity for the likes of Cherie Blair. In fact, Joe's Edinburgh cousin may well decide to get as many in as possible before ID cards or forehead bar codes limit him to four drinks a night.
To hell with betting on the World Cup - I'm off to place a bet on when Scotland will see its first lynching of a politician.