An astute adherent to one of the local Churches posed some thoughtful points about the application for the Sunday licence for the Chinese Restaurant that is being heard at the Meeting, for which he had no answers, but lots of philosophical thoughts, in light of the illegal refusal of the Golf Club licence.
Let me summarise them, whilst removing his more florid and identifiable phrases:
- Even if there is a good reason to refuse the Sunday licence, will anyone believe that the Board has followed legal advice in coming to this decision?
- Does anyone really believe that the Free Church Five can be objective after their last performance?
- Just how much fun are the lawyers for the applicants going to have when addressing the Board?
- How many Board members are going to ask for the legal advice to be in writing from now on?
- When will the Free Church Five realise that they have effectively neutered any influence or respect by their past actions?
- Have they actually committed a criminal offence?
Still, if your lobbyists are pushing at an open door ..... they aren't lobbyists, but friends.
* Personally, I would have gone to the press and the Police. But, as the person concerned never told his volatile, nay explosive, colleague for pretty good reasons it was a dilemma he faced alone. However, I am sure he will testify to the attempts to bring undue influence, if required.