The Irish News in Belfast recently encapsulated the charge against the beverage: "It features in displays of roaring and shouting, projectile peeing and vomiting, street brawling, general vandalism and ugly midnight scenes in accident and emergency departments." Now there are calls in the city of Galway for added taxes on Buckfast. According to Michael Crowe, a councillor: "It causes social problems with the 14-, 15-, and 16-year-old drinker. It's drunk in parks and on beaches - it's almost driving them wild."
Is there some scope here for inter-government co-operation? Andy Kerr and Cathy Jamieson, take note. And it would give the British-Irish Council something to do.