Blog: State of the nation
Olly Wehring | 10 August 2009
Has it really come to this?
The BBC will tonight show how Oldham town council, in northern England, is making people queue up in single-file in bars in order to maintain social order.
Teams of bouncers (doormen), not to mention the odd police officer, watch on as members of the public wait their turn - to buy a maxmium two drinks, one at a time, from the bar.
Oldham councillors say alcohol-fuelled violence has forced desperate measures upon them.
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