DIARY: I’m only a punter but...

I’m only a punter, but I’m one that likes fun, fruity, fizzy alcoholic drinks. The anti-fun league’s argument du jour seems to be that children will be blotto in the playground before we know it, because these drinks look too much like fun. Well, I want some fun, thank you very much.

I’m only a punter, but I’m one that likes fun, fruity, fizzy alcoholic

drinks. The anti-fun league’s argument du jour seems to be that children

will be blotto in the playground before we know it, because these drinks

look too much like fun. Well, I want some fun, thank you very much.



Those of us who read the Sun will remember the story of the two-year-old

who likes to smoke. I assume this wasn’t because of the fun packaging on

his dad’s Chesterfields or the nice taste.



Now, according to my research, children very often have parents. Parents

who must take ultimate responsibility for the safety of their offspring,

without trying to pin problems on drinks manufacturers, rock music, or

whatever scapegoat the Esther Rantzens of this world choose to target

next.



But are these fun drinks being targeted at kids? Personally, I couldn’t

find any booze down the local toystore. No, kids aren’t the target

sector - unless you count big kids, such as myself. I’m 34 and drink

cranberry-flavoured Shotts while eating Pez candy. I watch Beavis and

Butthead (heh heh). I like rock (but I don’t play my records backwards

seeking Satanic messages). I play pinball, I surf the Net. Furthermore,

I hope to keep my maturity under house arrest for a long time to come.

So do many other thirtysomethings. And older people.



Teach your kids about alcohol and cigarettes. I’ll be down the pub,

having something sweet and fizzy (bad for me), smoking (very bad for me)

and eating nuts (which ‘small children can choke on’, it says on the

packet). I call it having fun - something that seems to need a warning

label these days.



Rants to: Diary editor, 174 Ham-mersmith Road, London W6 7JP



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