Descending into a farce is the kind of cliché I usually avoid……like the plague…..but the opposition pile-on aided by ‘experts’ and the Scottish media has become a cracker of one.
Has anyone thought to ask Humpty Dumpty? He knew:
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
Right at the outset, I thought that the owners probably make that decision themselves when they order the sign and that planning officers will be interested in more important things, like alcohol.
I’ve wasted more time than any sane person should, trying to find precise legal definitions applying in Scotland that might help us know the difference between a café and a restaurant and I can’t, anywhere.
In a 2018, 89 page, Research Project: To Explore the Relationship Between the Food Environment and the Planning System, they make no attempt to do so and seem only concerned with the issue of alcohol licensing
Legal experts, Brodies, make no distinction in their advice, grouping them both as ‘Class 3‘ and seem only to have experience of planning issues with licensing.
Despite this and finding their own ‘experts‘, opposition politicians and the Scottish media see ‘carnage.’
For example, the the Herald opens with
NICOLA Sturgeon has been accused of overseeing a “complete shambles” ahead of a two-week hospitality shutdown in central Scotland. Experts said the measures risked “absolute carnage” after confusion erupted over which businesses will be affected.
So, just don’t sell alcohol until you hear you can again? Simple?
Anyone else starting to wonder just what’s real this morning?