Continental drinking

Just a footnote to the Boris Johnson piece: I think BJ may have put words into Judge Harris’ gob when he has him remark

that it was all very well talking about a new café-style culture, where we all sit around like Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, drinking slowly and moderately as we formulate new philosophical aperçus; but Britain couldn’t have a Continental approach to licensing laws until we had a Continental approach to drink.

It’s worth recalling that both authors were serious drink and drugs users, and that De Beauvoir’s end was hastened by her relentless boozing.

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