Search

Opinion: New year debt and ‘drunk tanks’

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 January 2018

Archant

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.

Latest Newham Stories

Yesterday, 21:18

Essex beat Middlesex by six wickets with four balls remaining after chasing down the home side’s victory target of 211 at a packed Lord’s on Thursday evening.

Sam Cook
Yesterday, 16:00

A piece from our Kick-Off pullout, where we preview the new National League season for Leyton Orient

Alex Lawless
Yesterday, 15:09

An 11-year-old girl is believed to be the youngest person in the country to pass an A or AS level exam.

Stratford
Yesterday, 14:28

Abed Mosa-Al-Refaee, a Syrian refugee who fled the civil war in 2012, was among those celebrating A-level results in Newham today.

United Kingdom
Yesterday, 12:19

The headteacher of St Bonaventure’s has said that he is pleased with the school’s A-level results, which saw 100 per cent A*-C pass rate in eight subjects.

Forest Gate
Yesterday, 12:00

Marvin Ekpiteta has stepped up to the plate in the absence of the experienced defender

Alex Lawless
Yesterday, 11:34

A record number of students at the London Academy of Excellence have got into top universities.

Forest Gate
Yesterday, 10:41

More than 100 pupils at Brampton Manor Academy are celebrating straight A* and A grades this morning - and the entire year group have secured university places.

Brampton Manor Academy

PROMOTED CONTENT

Hanson Fernandes’ journey began in 2015 when he arrived in London from Goa, India.

Newsletter Sign Up

Newham Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now