EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL (PROPAGANDA)
Dr. Little (Down, Ulster Unionist) asked the Minister of Information whether he will use all the means of propaganda at his disposal to impress on people, young and old alike, that indulgence in alcoholic liquors is not only harmful to the individual but also a serious hindrance to the war effort and that national sobriety is essential for achieving the best work towards a speedy victory ?
Mr. Thurtle (Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Information) : No, Sir. It is no part of the duty of the Ministry of Information to lecture the public on the good or evil effects of alcohol.
Dr. Little : Will my hon. Friend cause regular statements to be made to the public through the Ministry of Information that persons under 18 cannot be served with alcoholic liquor in public houses and that it is illegal for adults to treat such persons ?
Mr. Thurtle : I suggest to my hon. Friend that it is no part of the function of the Ministry of Information to give lectures on the use or abuse of alcohol. I do not think the House would wish it to do so.
Viscountess Astor (Sutton, Plymouth, Cons.) : It is not true that no Government since the world began have ever" cared less about temperance than this Government ?
Sir Richard Acland (Devon, Barnstaple, Common Wealth) : As the Ministry of Information is advising the public to curtail the consumption of all sorts of things, such as fuel and water, might it not consider advising it to curtail the consumption of beer ?
Mr. Thurtle : The duty of the Ministry of Information is to give information to the public, but it is not the duty of the Ministry of Information to indulge in propaganda on contentious subjects."
The Brewing Trade Review, December 1943, page 374.
Good on you Mr. Thurtle for putting those temperance twats in their place:
"It is no part of the duty of the Ministry of Information to lecture the public on the good or evil effects of alcohol."
The Ministry of Information being the propaganda arm of the UK government. So, fuck off with your temperance propaganda.
With legendary piss-head Churchill in charge, the temperance lobby never stood a chance.