Friday 13 May 2016 11.22am
Kevinruari, please explain your one-word answer
I guess he's suggesting that Peter's unnamed pub is in fact The Libertine
on Great Suffolk Street
My personal approach to this situation is to insist, politely but quite assertively, that the thoughtless so-and-sos move so that I can pass through - especially if I'm with our toddler in her pushchair.
Pubs should of course do more to stop their customers from being a nuisance in this way, but they don't, and the authorities don't really care. In that respect I'm struck by the double standards applying to people commandeering public space for boozing purposes - if it's scruffy blokes in a park with economy size bottles of cheap cider then it's quite likely that Plod will have a word and move them on. Pavement-blocking post-work drinkers on the other hand are generally left to get on with it, even though in practical terms they might be more of a nuisance/hazard.