Alex Massie

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My thanks to the ever-vigilant Mr Eugenides for alerting me to this wee gem:

Pubs [in Edinburgh]  are launching marathon cheap drink offers in a bid to beat new licensing legislation.

The new rules, introduced last week, aimed to prevent "happy hour" offers by forcing publicans to keep drinks at the same price for a period of 72 hours.

But rather than abandon their drinks offers, bars have been extending them to last for 72 hours or more.

The Tun in Holyrood Road – close to the Scottish Parliament – has launched a Happy Days promotion with pints of Strongbow, Heineken and John Smith on offer for £2 all day Monday to Thursday...

Paul Waterson, chief executive of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association, said: "People are going from having a happy hour to having a happy 72 hours." Well, fancy that! This is the kind of news, mind you, that risks giving one hope and I'm not sure that's either wise or particularly healthy.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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