Sunday Express - Sun 23 Dec 2001 - Page 36

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OPINION The drunken mobs who bring shame on Britain Terry's great escape

NYONE who ventured out into their town centre Alast night will testify that this country faces an alcohol problem of epidemic proportions. While we enjoy a drink over the festive season, our nightlife is regularly ruined by gangs of drunken, swaggering thugs. We also saw paramedics in Leeds accosted by swearing, aggressive girls who turned on them as they tried to help one of them who had collapsed after an all-day drinking session. West Ham player Hayden Foxe urinated against a bar in a packed London nightclub at his team's Christmas party. The 15-year-old rushed to help Steven Portman, also 15, after he touched an 11,000-volt cable. HEN my wife heard that I'd been invited to write about what Christmas will mean to us this year, she burst into tears. It means wondering how many Taliban fighters were just caught up in the whole thing because it seemed safer to follow the Taliban than to protest.

This Christmas is very special - because I never expected to see it...

People ask me if my lucky escape was life-changing, and I reply that at least it was life-continuing.

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