"Whatever their motivation for being here, the one thing that everyone seems to agree on is that Boris's ban on tube drinking is little more than a crude attempt set out his stall as a public-school Giuliani. 'In the past, his politics have been libertarian,' accuses Alice. 'To immediately go in with illiberal zero-tolerance policies is quite hypocritical.' "
Peter Watts in TimeOut's new blog rightly says that Annie Mole has much to say on the subject. He concludes:
"Now the dust has settled, I can't really see what all the fuss is about. There's no denying that this is a pointlessly populist gesture from Boris – and given that his campaign was full of such measures, we shouldn't be surprised. As any fule kno, the problem isn't drinking on the tubes, it's drunks, and banning the former will make very little difference to the latter, as it's quite difficult to get pie-eyed during a short hop on the Jubilee.
But, equally, is not being able to drink on your 20-minute Tube journey really such a big deal? If it is, perhaps a Tube ban is the least of your problems."