Friday 12 March 2010 1.29pm
Over 79% of Londoners surveyed so far don't feel they have a say on tackling the problems of alcohol in the city.
Possibly because alcohol strategy (whether it's needed or not) is being dealt with by quangos which most of us never hear about until it's all done and dusted, and measures are implemented "for our own good"?
Or possibly because of the way your survey is framed? The question on the survey asks: "Do you believe that you have a say in tackling the problems of alcohol in your community?" (or something very similar - forgive me if I've slightly misquoted, but I don't believe I've done so in any significant way).
Such a question presumes that there definitely IS a problem. Maybe I'm lucky, but (living within 100yds of at least two pubs and two off-licenses), I don't encounter any alcohol-related problems. Of course, there's no point in the survey at which I'm able to say that. The survey is predicated on us all agreeing that alcohol is an evil force which is having negative impacts on all of our daily lives. Which, for me, simply isn't true.
Biased surveys give biased answers. I presume there's some of our tax money funding this, and, working on that presumption, I have more of an issue with these kinds of shadowy bodies, pursuing who-knows-what fanatical agendas, than I've ever had with alcohol in my community.
...if you press it, they will come.