Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Full Irish Buckfast

A brief post due to a busy day; news has reached us that a number of Irish councillors have called for Buckfast, the famed tonic wine made by the monks of Buckfast Abbey in Devon, to be heavily taxed due to its contribution to alcoholism and anti-social behaviour. I have never been fond of the stuff and neither do I underestimate the nature of the alcohol problems in Ireland (and Scotland, where our celtic cousins are also fans of the tincture) but perhaps our lawmakers (a pleasure to use that word so beloved of the New York Times in an Irish context) might be better tackling the overall consumption of alcohol rather than scapegoating one drink, sales of which surely constitute but a wee drop in the ocean that is Irish drinking.