Today is Friday.
To Christians it is Good Friday, but to non-Christians it's just a plain ordinary Friday sitting in its usual place cozying up between a Thursday and a Saturday.
In Ireland it is different.
Just picture the scene –
A visitor to this blighted isle wanders into a supermarket and asks for a bottle of wine.
"I'm sorry sir, but I can't sell you that."
"It's Good Friday."
"We can't sell alcohol on Good Friday."
"Could I have bought one yesterday?"
"Yes. Of course."
"Could I buy one tomorrow?"
"Of course you can."
"Then why not today?"
"Errr….. You just can't."
You see, today is one of only two days in the year when pubs and off-licences are forced to close, the other day being Christmas Day. Why Good Friday? Don't ask because I don't know. And to add to the confusion, you can have a drink if you are catching a plane or are on a boat or a train, or wish to have a glass of wine with a meal.
There was a case the other day where a pub was refused an exemption from this ludicrous law. I read this with interest because a judge has to give a reason. He can't say "just because" or "because I say so". The reason he gave was because "it was against the spirit of the law". What the fuck does that mean? What is the spirit of the law? Granting an exemption was "completely against the spirit of what was intended". What the fuck was intended?
No one seems to be able to give a logical reason for this strange anomaly. It harps back to the days when Ireland was ruled by the crosier but those days thankfully are past. The Holy Joes these days say the law is good as it gives people a "rest from the drink". Fuck that. One day out of a year isn't going to make any difference, and anyway, everyone desperate enough will have stocked up yesterday.
It is a bad law. It is a bad law purely because it serves no purpose. It protects no one. It just sits there on the statute books being irritating.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a train to catch.