Our bon vivant PM has ushered in a new age of puritanism

Who could have predicted that boozing, bon vivant, planning-his-third-wedding would be the prime minister to ban drinking, dancing, and casual sex?

This is an exaggeration, of course, but only a slight one. While alcohol is not actually illegal yet, the circumstances under which you can buy it shrink with every new round of restrictions: not after 10pm, not with people who aren’t in your household — and if you’re in a Tier 3 area, not in a pub at all (unless you order a burger and chips with it).

In a perverse re-imagining of the Eighties classic Footloose, the latest rules also state that any venue which “provides music, whether live or recorded, for dancing” must turn off that music immediately

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