Abolish the ‘Challenge 21/25’ requirements when buying alcohol

I would like to propose that the 'challenge 21' or in some cases 'challenge 25' requirements when purchasing alcohol be repealed.

 

Currently, the legal age to purchase alcohol in a shop is 18. However, the law requires that employees challenge anyone who appears to be under 21, or 25 in some cases, to provide ID before they can purchase alcohol. 

These regulations lead to a creeping criminalisation of people's legal right to enjoy an alcoholic drink, and foster a culture of suspicion and mistrust by enshrining in law the assumption that a customer is attempting to purchase alcohol illegally, and requiring them to prove otherwise. 

The poorly thought out nature of this law has lead to its over-zealous application in numerous instances – there have been no shortage of reports in the media of people who are clearly and unquestionably over 18 – in some cases quite evidently of pensionable age – being denied alcohol because they do not have, or cannot provide, a passport, driving licence or the one specific type of ID card permitted; and even cases where parents accompanied on a shopping trip by their children have been denied their purchase, despite showing the required ID, on the pretext that the children might drink the alcohol!

In addition, the law criminalises employers and employees who fail to check a customer's ID.

Why is this idea important?

I would like to propose that the 'challenge 21' or in some cases 'challenge 25' requirements when purchasing alcohol be repealed.

 

Currently, the legal age to purchase alcohol in a shop is 18. However, the law requires that employees challenge anyone who appears to be under 21, or 25 in some cases, to provide ID before they can purchase alcohol. 

These regulations lead to a creeping criminalisation of people's legal right to enjoy an alcoholic drink, and foster a culture of suspicion and mistrust by enshrining in law the assumption that a customer is attempting to purchase alcohol illegally, and requiring them to prove otherwise. 

The poorly thought out nature of this law has lead to its over-zealous application in numerous instances – there have been no shortage of reports in the media of people who are clearly and unquestionably over 18 – in some cases quite evidently of pensionable age – being denied alcohol because they do not have, or cannot provide, a passport, driving licence or the one specific type of ID card permitted; and even cases where parents accompanied on a shopping trip by their children have been denied their purchase, despite showing the required ID, on the pretext that the children might drink the alcohol!

In addition, the law criminalises employers and employees who fail to check a customer's ID.

Scrap Sunday opening restrictions

The Government has no business telling people what they can and can't do on Sundays.  If there are enough people who want to shop on Sundays to make it worthwhile opening the shops then shopkeepers should be free to open whenever they want.  The current position is quite illogical.  The principle of Sunday shopping is accepted, and small shops can open all hours; but ludicrous restrictions are put on large shops.  If shopping is OK in a small shop then it's OK in a large one.

Why is this idea important?

The Government has no business telling people what they can and can't do on Sundays.  If there are enough people who want to shop on Sundays to make it worthwhile opening the shops then shopkeepers should be free to open whenever they want.  The current position is quite illogical.  The principle of Sunday shopping is accepted, and small shops can open all hours; but ludicrous restrictions are put on large shops.  If shopping is OK in a small shop then it's OK in a large one.

remove the opening restictions on Sunday in England and Wales

why are stores only allowed to open for 6 hours on a Sunday?  What kind of half way house is that.  I used to live in Scotalnd where this rule doesn't apply and it's great to ahve the freedom to shop whenever you get the chance.

Why is this idea important?

why are stores only allowed to open for 6 hours on a Sunday?  What kind of half way house is that.  I used to live in Scotalnd where this rule doesn't apply and it's great to ahve the freedom to shop whenever you get the chance.

Christmas in December

All shops and other public spaces should be prevented from imposing Christmas on us until December 1st.

This would mean no garish displays of lights, tinsel or muzak playing Christmas songs until that date.

Why is this idea important?

All shops and other public spaces should be prevented from imposing Christmas on us until December 1st.

This would mean no garish displays of lights, tinsel or muzak playing Christmas songs until that date.

Eliminate limits on Sunday trading hours

As a capitalist country there should not be limits on retail trading hours, trading hours should be governed by demand not government!  Restricting retail hours on Sundays is against capitalism.  As Christians we complain how other governments have laws based on their religious beliefs when it comes to business yet we do the same. 

Why is this idea important?

As a capitalist country there should not be limits on retail trading hours, trading hours should be governed by demand not government!  Restricting retail hours on Sundays is against capitalism.  As Christians we complain how other governments have laws based on their religious beliefs when it comes to business yet we do the same. 

Repeal ALL Sunday Trading/Behaviour Laws

Be it only being allowed to open a shop exceeding x square feet for six hours, or limitations on hunting rights. The 'Keep Sunday Special' laws have no place in this society.

Why is this idea important?

Be it only being allowed to open a shop exceeding x square feet for six hours, or limitations on hunting rights. The 'Keep Sunday Special' laws have no place in this society.

END RESTRICTIONS ON SUNDAY TRADING

Allow all retailers to open their premises on all Sundays without restriction. Whether or not to open on Sundays and for how long should be a business decision made in consultation with and preferably by agreement with the staff concerned. Existing protections in employment law for staff who wish to observe Sunday as a holy day should be retained.

Why is this idea important?

Allow all retailers to open their premises on all Sundays without restriction. Whether or not to open on Sundays and for how long should be a business decision made in consultation with and preferably by agreement with the staff concerned. Existing protections in employment law for staff who wish to observe Sunday as a holy day should be retained.

SUPERMARKET HOURS RESTRICTION

I want you to imagine the situation, you walk in your supermarket on your way home from work, you've had a busy day, but need to pick up a few items for your evening meal. You walk in, your head drops with disappointment, yet again you go in to find it incredibly busy and you know it's going to take a while to get to the aisles you want, let alone actually get to the checkout to pay.

What makes it worse is the realisation that the supermarket is not full with other people in similar positions who have been at work (yes there are some), but there are large numbers of old people, and young ladies with their babies wandering through debating what they need, not rushing feeling they have all the time in the world, without a second thought for the fact you just want to get back home and eat and relax after a stressful day at work.

I therefore, must propose that a law be brought in that prevents people who do not work in the day from using supermarkets during lunchtime hours, and between 17.00 and 20.00. A small sacrifice for them, that enables people who cannot go during the quieter hours of the day due to work commitments, to be able to do their shopping quicker, and hence improving the efficiency of the country as a whole.

Why is this idea important?

I want you to imagine the situation, you walk in your supermarket on your way home from work, you've had a busy day, but need to pick up a few items for your evening meal. You walk in, your head drops with disappointment, yet again you go in to find it incredibly busy and you know it's going to take a while to get to the aisles you want, let alone actually get to the checkout to pay.

What makes it worse is the realisation that the supermarket is not full with other people in similar positions who have been at work (yes there are some), but there are large numbers of old people, and young ladies with their babies wandering through debating what they need, not rushing feeling they have all the time in the world, without a second thought for the fact you just want to get back home and eat and relax after a stressful day at work.

I therefore, must propose that a law be brought in that prevents people who do not work in the day from using supermarkets during lunchtime hours, and between 17.00 and 20.00. A small sacrifice for them, that enables people who cannot go during the quieter hours of the day due to work commitments, to be able to do their shopping quicker, and hence improving the efficiency of the country as a whole.

Scrap Restrictions on Sunday Trading

The current law in the UK (Except Scotland) prevents shops with a floor area of more than 280 square metres (3,000 square feet) opening for more than 6 hours between 10:00 and 18:00.

 This law should be scrapped.  Shops should be allowed to open when they want on Sundays.

Why is this idea important?

The current law in the UK (Except Scotland) prevents shops with a floor area of more than 280 square metres (3,000 square feet) opening for more than 6 hours between 10:00 and 18:00.

 This law should be scrapped.  Shops should be allowed to open when they want on Sundays.

Remove the Sunday trading act 1994

I feel that the Sunday Trading Act 1994 should be removed. Majopr retailers should not be allowed to trade at all on a Sunday. This will help re-install family values, it will encouarge people to spend time toghther as families. By all shops being restricted to this law it would ensre fairness. Small business would still be able to suceed in the marktet place, and big business can reduce some costs. The good that this would do our country is almost impossible to measure.

Why is this idea important?

I feel that the Sunday Trading Act 1994 should be removed. Majopr retailers should not be allowed to trade at all on a Sunday. This will help re-install family values, it will encouarge people to spend time toghther as families. By all shops being restricted to this law it would ensre fairness. Small business would still be able to suceed in the marktet place, and big business can reduce some costs. The good that this would do our country is almost impossible to measure.

Repeal the Sunday Trading laws

As a regular chuch goer I see no reason at all not to let shops open on a Sunday. We now live in a 24/7 world where we expect all services and facilities to be available at all times. Alow shops to open on a Sunday if they wish – it would not be compulsory. Why can't I pop to my local supermarket before the early service on Sunday or even on my way home from the evening service?

Why is this idea important?

As a regular chuch goer I see no reason at all not to let shops open on a Sunday. We now live in a 24/7 world where we expect all services and facilities to be available at all times. Alow shops to open on a Sunday if they wish – it would not be compulsory. Why can't I pop to my local supermarket before the early service on Sunday or even on my way home from the evening service?

Stop pedestrianisation mania

The proliferation of ridiculous 'town planning' ventures, which see huge amounts of expensive paving, yellow lines & wavy lines, plant pots, & dubiously appealing plastic architectural 'improvements' crowding our pavements & roads is stopping people:

A. Reaching shops by the simple act of crossing from 1 side of the road to the other

B. Parking anywhere near said shops & being forced to buy online or go to sterile out of town malls

Consequently small shops unique in character are going to the wall in droves as nobody can access their shops!!

Why is this idea important?

The proliferation of ridiculous 'town planning' ventures, which see huge amounts of expensive paving, yellow lines & wavy lines, plant pots, & dubiously appealing plastic architectural 'improvements' crowding our pavements & roads is stopping people:

A. Reaching shops by the simple act of crossing from 1 side of the road to the other

B. Parking anywhere near said shops & being forced to buy online or go to sterile out of town malls

Consequently small shops unique in character are going to the wall in droves as nobody can access their shops!!

Allow Supermarkets To Open 24 Hours (Including Sundays!)

Supermarkets should be allowed to open 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week. Why are they restricted to opening for 6 hours on Sundays when, for many people, Sunday is one of the main days off work, therefore a convenient time to shop. 

Why is this idea important?

Supermarkets should be allowed to open 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week. Why are they restricted to opening for 6 hours on Sundays when, for many people, Sunday is one of the main days off work, therefore a convenient time to shop.