The British Government is preparing to impose a blanket levy on all pubs, clubs restaurants and off licences in its new "alcohol disorder zones".
Home Secretary Charles Clarke had rejected calls to limit the charges to pay for extra policing in the zones of known troublespots.
All licensed premises in the areas designated as alcohol disorder zones will be faced with an average charge of £100-a-week.
Whilst this measure may be appropriate for pubs and clubs, where people go and get "blotto", I fail to understand why the measure is to apply to restaurants as well.
This will have a disasterous effect on local restaurants.