All leave was cancelled as they tried to put lipstick on Cameron's pig of minimum alcohol pricing from Wednesday, just after the seven days of turgid, mendacious, fear-mongering righteousness which was alcohol awareness week. In amongst all this was Alcohol Concern's lame money-raising exercise, Dry January.
In response, Giolla has set up a little bit of mischief to get some true facts out about the moral panicking which the BBC, especially, seem so keen to stoke. His site is called Drinkuary which is already populated with some cogent info and resources as what he describes as "a quiet counter argument" to the shrill nannying. Do go have a good look around and even contribute if you're so inclined.
Encouragingly, it has started off much more than quiet. The accompanying Facebook page currently boasts nearly 900 supporters as against the 542 who have signed up at Alcohol Concern to ring the new year in with a whimper. If you're on social media, do consider joining the Drinkuary page and sharing it with your friends. You might also consider signing, and sharing, the Number 10 e-petition against minimum pricing if you haven't already.
While we're on the subject, it could hearten you to read a couple of developments on minimum alcohol pricing today. At ConHome, Tory MP Angie Bray tells us what everyone but David Cameron seems to know, that minimum pricing is not a policy Conservatives should be pursuing.
Meanwhile, what she probably didn't know when writing her piece is that the Taxpayers' Alliance have calculated Cameron's madness will cost the taxpayer £655 million per year, which I suspected on Thursday.
Enjoy your Saturday night, Mrs P is opening a nice bottle of Chilean as we speak, err, so to speak. Cheers!