"Offenders who commit crimes fuelled by alcohol are to be monitored and breath-tested to ensure they stop drinking, under government plans.Police will have powers to impose "sobriety orders" on drinkers cautioned for minor offences, such as criminal damage or public disorder.
They will be regularly breath-tested, with those known for weekend binges tested at those times."
What a fantastic idea, especially when the police don't have much to do. All those pesky pissed-up Friday and Saturday night revellers having to queue up at the station to be breath-tested on a Friday and Saturday night when things are quiet down at the nick. It cunningly creates a whole new raft of offences - like failing to turn up for testing - and thus in one master stroke generates lots more offenders and hence work for all of us in the Criminal Justice System. I simply don't know why we didn't think of this before - you just tell someone to stop drinking and lock 'em up if they don't!
It's brilliant and just the sort of thing I'd expect from those young, thrusting up-and-coming Civil Servants and policy advisers down at the Home Office. It's bound to lead to promotion and the fast track to the top. You know, like Louise Casey.