Guy Fawkes Fudge
The Government has fudged their ‘get tough on fireworks’ stance with a ‘neither one thing nor the other’ . Environment Minister David Benson-Pope has said that fireworks will only be sold for three days next year, only to those over 18 and that sparklers will only be sold as part of larger fireworks packs.
“What do you mean you ‘can only get sparklers’!”
The Government maintains that (i) those selling fireworks will break the law if they sell fireworks to people under 18 and (ii) those buying them will have to present identification in the same way as purchasing tobacco or alcohol. These same measures haven’t prevented underage drinking and smoking so quite how they will prevent vandalism, arson, injuries and lifelong scarring I’m not sure.