Thursday 3 January 2008

When is a U-turn not a U-turn?

According to yesterday's Times, Gordon Brown is likely to perform a 'u-turn' over so-called 24-hour pub opening. Since Brown had promised a review of the deregulation of licensing laws, which made it possible for the average pub to open until midnight at weekends without difficulty, and that review seems set to conclude that the laws should not change, our Prime Minister has apparently performed a U-turn. Given the Prime Minister's proclivity for reviews, and assuming that a fair few of them have the independence of leadership to reach their own conclusions, we must be in for a lot of u-turns in 2008. What a relief for lazy headline writers!

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