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The United Kingdom Independence Party, also known as the UKIP, was the driving force behind the successful Brexit vote. The UKIP was born out of patriotism (or nationalism depending on how you’d like to characterize it), so it makes complete sense that they would want to revitalize one of the great British traditions – happy hour. More specifically, the “great British pub.” Grabbing a pint at the pub after work and talking about current affairs is a time-honored tradition in Britain, but pubs have been hurting as of late. The pubs are so empty, in fact, that the UKIP claims it has cost Britain thousands of jobs over pubs’ 25-year economic decline.
So how does the UKIP propose they make happy hour great again? Reducing “sin” taxes and decreasing smoking restrictions. They want to decrease alcohol taxes by 50 percent and allow smoking in pubs that do not serve food and meet certain size requirements. They also want to scrap the all day drinking license, which was apparently designed to curb binge drinking. In short, deregulation and the right to drink until you drop. Sounds like the American way to me.
As a strong proponent of deregulation, patriotism, lowering taxes and getting drunk on weekdays, I think this is a great idea for the British. A country shouldn’t lose its way, and it should never be ashamed of its traditions, even if those include losing wars to America twice. I kid, I do like the British, and I can empathize with the UKIP’s vision. Imagine if you had to get a special federal license to tailgate at a football game, complete with the bureaucratic red tape. Real football, not soccer. There would be riots.
Deregulating and lowering sin taxes won’t completely solve Britain’s problem regarding the decline in pubs, but unsurprisingly pubs saw a 1.5 percent rise in pint sales in the second quarter, credited to the successful Brexit vote. Patriotism, alcohol, happy hour. Props to the UKIP for encouraging Britain’s employed to hit happy hour again and we Americans should celebrate along with them.