Leave old folk to drink in peace

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Every stage of life has its advantages and disadvantages, but I fear that old age has more of the latter.

There are compensations, of course – grandchildren, not having to get up early for work and not being bullied into doing things one doesn’t want to do.

Oh just hang on a minute, I’d forgotten about the all-pervasive nanny state which we now inhabit. And the latest directive for the over-65s – drink no more than half a pint of beer or a small glass of wine a day.

If pensioners want to sit at home having a couple of tots or cans or even drink themselves under their table, that’s up to them.

And going to the pub to see friends and have a couple of pints is one of the few pleasures that many pensioners look forward to.

Leave them alone to enjoy themselves as they choose while they still can.

Godfrey Bloom MEP, UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire