As part of it's 'official Labour mouthpiece' obligations, the publicly funded and socialist hand wringing BBC in Scotland is tonight broadcasting a documentary entitled 'The Buckfast Code'.
It is, of course, an attack on one particular brand of 'wreck the hoose juice' which is consumed in vast quantities by the 'under-privileged' in Scotland. Obviously it is the fault of the manufacturers and distributors of Buckfast that the poor souls who indulge in their product go on to commit crime and violence within their communities.
Strathclyde Police have told the BBC that Buckie has been mentioned 3000 times in crime reports over the last three years and has been used as a chib (weapon) 114 times. Promotion chasing, shiny arsed trouser wearer, office hours only Superintendent Bob Hamilton says, "I think it is clear from the figures that there is an association there". No shit, Sherlock.
To paint Buckfast as the Bogieman is spectacularly missing the point. The clowns that are behind the documentary seem to think that if Buckie did not exist then the problem would not exist. This is nonsense. The consumers would move on to something else as the problem is a cultural and attitude one, not one of enforced consumption. It's almost as if they are trying to deflect the failure of countless initiatives to re-educate and change behaviour which has been deep rooted in Scotland for generations. Glasgow City Council were taken to court last year for 'advising' shops not to stock it.
There is also concern expressed by the medical world about the level of caffeine in the recipe. Neuroscientist Dr Steven Alexander tells the programme that a bottle of Buckie contains 281 milligrammes of caffeine - as much as eight cans of coke.
Anyway, to the award.
I present the Piss Off You Twat(s) award to the spokesman for Buckfast for the following'
“The people who commit crimes are the ones who have to take responsibility. It is completely wrong to blame the knife manufacturer if someone stabs someone. Why just attack Buckfast?”
When asked to consider reducing the caffeine levels in the recipe,
"Why should we? It's been there for over 80 years. Why should we change the recipe just to satisfy somebody's whim?"
And also when it was suggested that the Benedictine monks that manufacture the tonic wine in their Devon monastery are to blame for the effects of Buckie,
"Why should they accept responsibility? They're not up there pouring any of their Buckfast down somebody's throat. People take it by choice because they like it, because it's a good product".
Well said that man. People are responsible for their actions, society needs stops tarring them as victims and hold them to account properly.
Rab note - quotes are taken from online and printed versions of Evening Times and Metro Scotland. The Metro online version does not have the quotes which appear in today's printed version.