Opinion: New year debt and ‘drunk tanks’

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 January 2018


The party is over.

We are now in the most boring month of the year with faint memories of what a payday felt like and the sense of foreboding because you know that looming credit card bill might not be a nice one.

All we have left are the pictures you see in the news of the New Year celebrations.

We see young people ignoring the cold weather and dressing like it’s a summer holiday in Ibiza, we see people falling over after drinking so much they turn the act of walking into an It’s A Knockout style challenge.

There are plans for the NHS to roll out “drunk tanks” – they probably got the idea from listening to The Fairytale of New York over and over again in the run-up to Christmas.

The idea is a safe area where the party-weary can rest up, get warm and even get medical treatment.

I am outraged. Not for the common reason you hear, “Why should we tax payers fund this service”. People should because they didn’t get an invite to a fun time.

If it saves money by stopping these people going to A&E we’re up on the deal and if you need A&E you don’t have to queue behind people with traffic cones stuck on their heads.

I can get my head freed from my traffic cone quicker.

No, I am outraged because I am jealous. Why isn’t there a place where I can sleep, get a drink and be given flip-flops if I need them? Wouldn’t it be lovely to use your lunch break to get a kip, but no one helps us out.

If I need a power nap before the radio show I have to go to the cinema and hope there’s a Jennifer Aniston rom com on so I can drift off.


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