Blog: Olly WehringState 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.

just-drinks reserves judgement until after tonight's programme has been aired in full. on BBC1 at 2030 BST, for any UK readers out there. A preview clip is available here.


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