Pints are Politically Incorrect! (Apparently)

Updated: Sep 26, 2020

By Oliver James Pike

The pubs are slowly beginning to welcome back thirsty customers to the delight of drinkers across the country. However, there are some that see the drinking of a pint as a politically incorrect statement.

Farage posting a celebratory image to his social media of him sat in his local accompanied by a half drunk pint of ale was met with widespread outrage. Having visited America to participate in a Trump rally his post lockdown pub lunch was deemed to have broken lockdown rules as he had only self-isolated for 13 days after his trip rather than the prescribed 14. The possibility that he could have mixed up his dates (an easy thing to do as days merge into weeks at the blink of an eye during the monotony of lockdown) or that 1/2 a day of self-isolation missed was at most a minor and insignificant transgression were both ignored. It then emerged later that Farage had been tested and the whole outrage was misplaced. Still, this was ignored. Instead, he was pilloried online resulting in the police being made aware of his pub visit in order to hound him into following rules he had already followed. Why this lunchtime pint was targeted with such vitriol while mass gatherings of occasionally violent and destructive protestors went uncriticised by the left is a mystery.

At first, this all appears to be an isolated case where a divisive political figure was targeted on the grounds of lockdown yet I think things go a little deeper than that. It appears that drinking as a whole has become some form of slight against political correctness. A fantastic demonstration of this was Piers Morgan receiving a number of complaints for drinking a beer on morning television. Why this was so outrageous is once again a mystery. What appeared, to most normal people, as a light-hearted joke and a celebration of the easing of lockdown restrictions became some kind of harmful broadcast in the minds of the moronic losers who submit OFCOM complaints. Another prime example was the twitter outrage after Lewis Capaldi dared to take a bottle of buck fast on stage having won an award. In response to this innocuous behaviour user and Labour Party activist Leah Francetti tweeted "We have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol in Scotland. This doesn't help". She repeated this phrase 3 times in her tweet most likely because she believes her statement to be of the utmost importance and that those "needing to hear" such a statement were in her mind too stupid to understand it the first time. Once again someone trying to have a bit of fun and celebrate something is attacked for no apparent reason.

My theory is that Drinking has become politically incorrect not because of the act itself but because of everything that comes with it. When people congregate in pubs they converse. If the discussion is political drunk minds are likely to explore ideas the politically correct mob would disapprove off. People will think out loud, free from the pressures of potentially getting something wrong. They will play devil's advocate and potentially say something offensive. This cannot be allowed and thus the social lubricant that enables it must be assailed with unfounded criticism. Drinking also brings people together. In the more casual environment of a pub or a beer garden, those with political differences might discover that they agree on something or that they have misunderstood the other side for the longest time. The conversation is therefore forbidden In order to further divide society and further the misrepresentation of political opponents which fuels virtue signalling and the grievance industry. If the discussion is not a political one it is still likely to offend the sensibilities of the politically correct puritans. A drunken conversation about which supermarket hires the most attractive women (it is Tesco) or an uncouth joke about a nun in a brothel is likely to cause any trigger happy virtue signaller or oversensitive SJW so howl in agony. Therefore the drinking culture which opens the door for such banter is seen as an existential threat to the leftist mentality.

This is just part of the war on fun waged by the left and is one of the main reasons people (especially young people) are either leaving the left, never joining it in the first place, or are reluctantly staying within its ranks. It was once the right which led campaigns against drinking, smoking, comedy, and rock music. Now it is the left, who once encapsulated a rebellious counter-culture, who are becoming the modern-day censors and Puritans. The right on the other hand, having been heavily influenced by libertarian ideologies, stands up for free speech, personal responsibility and liberty. They now do so in a manner so far removed from the uptight authoritarian brand of conservatism that the right has become the home of fun and freedom while the left concerns itself with the minutia of people's lifestyles.

It is time for everyone, left and right, to stand up to this creeping puritanical authoritarianism. So when you can, gather your friends, get down to your local, try to prove me wrong about Tesco and, most importantly, drink your pint with pride.