It's the former.
This came on the same week that a friend of mine showed me a postcard of a young girl about to be assaulted by a young man which said "Do you know where your children are tonight?". It was warning parents about letting their daughters out presumably because if they did go out they would be plied with free drinks by a bar which then pimped her unconscious body.
One of my first reactions to the 'free drinks for women' thing was to say "Where is this place? Let me go there and get really drunk for free and it would be funny because I'm not young or pretty or likely to let some man fondle in my pants."
The second reaction was a feeling that a 'Free drinks for women' does have very sinister overtones. It sounds like the bars, the drunk men and the courts are all in this together. Drunk women are ok to rape because it is their fault they are drunk. Come to our bar where there are lots of drunk women you can rape...or at least persuade into bed...
Third thought....All people are individuals who can take care or themselves, or not, who will rape, or not, who will drink to much whether it's free, or not and should it be down to government legislation to ban free drinks to anyone? Also....if they are concerned about women's safty then the whole 'Men - don't rape women' campian is long overdue.
In this article it also says
The government intervention represents a belated acknowledgment that hopes that Britain would adopt a civilised “cafe culture” with the introduction of 24-hour drinking have failed.which is laughable because unless you give the British people the same work hours and pay as people who have the 'cafe culture' then at the weekend tired underpayed unervaluesd pissed off people who have been working at a job they hate all week will go and get shit faced at the weekend.
Anyway the bill has not gone through yet so if anyone who knows where I can get a free drink just because there is a possibilty that I might get my tits out please let me know where it is!
(Getting my tits out is something I do quite a lot as I'm breastfeeding...)