The Sunday Telegraph report that Norwich City Council, which has a minority Labour administration, has written to hairdressers telling them that if they offer customers a seasonal glass of mulled wine then they will face six months in prison and a £20,000 fine. They will send in undercover officers in an enforcement drive.
It is true that the hairdressers were breaching licensing laws but such a custome was widespread at Christmas and traditional a blind eye has been turned. Of course Councils have a role to enforce the law. But have Norwich got their priorities right? It seems rather like those Council who spend their time persecuting greengrocers caught using imperial measures.