There is a tear-dripping story in the Edinburgh Evening News, showing what happens when the foreigners take over. There will be a blue Christmas:
If you want to evoke sympathy, however, you’d better find someone else to whimper:
Thomas Cook, 52, retired through ill health 20 years ago after serving in Scottish & Newcastle’s purchase ledger (accounts) department at Edinburgh’s former Abbey brewery for 13 years.
Although he does not drink himself, Mr Cook used the vouchers to treat family and looked forward to receiving the regular gift from his former employer.
He said: “It’s part of a package negotiated many years ago and they seem to have just dropped it.
“There will be a lot of disappointed people who look forward to these vouchers. It is a link to the past.
“This is part of a bigger tradition.
“All the workers used to get a pint at the end of the day and even the horses would get it. That stopped because of the growing stigma of people drinking at work and they replaced it with a voucher system.”
A non-drinker who worked for 13 years and then received free beer for 20 years could hardly claim to be getting a bad deal. The horses are probably worse off, I don’t think they have been out to pasture with free pints, either.
The Dutch and the Danes have no respect for old traditions.