You can't always believe what you read in a newspaper - even if it is the Shropshire Star. But, as the tweet above shows, this is a true story:
Ms Phillips, 68, stepped in to help her 32-year-old daughter Alana who was asked for ID by a member of staff at the checkout at the Morrisons store on Barons Cross Road.
But the West End dance choreographer, who lives in the area, was told she could not be sold the booze as it was her daughter who had tried initially tried to buy it.This sort of nonsense came in under New Labour. Partly in a spirit of Somebody Think of the Children and partly because they wanted to soften us up to accept compulsory identity cards, Tony Blair's governments got us used to a world where someone who looked as though they might be aged under 18 or 21 or 25 could be challenged to prove his age if he tried to buy alcohol.
I also wonder if the central role the supermarkets were given in public health campaigns encouraged them to have ideas above their station.
But the more interesting question is why the current government has done nothing about such laws. My suspicion is that most Tory MPs are far more concerned with looking tough than they are with individual liberty.
Which is why you get even the best of them putting forward nonsense like this:
"The government's basic failure to enforce the law sends totally the wrong message about under-age drinking and puts the public at risk from the spiralling violence it generates."That is from a press release issued by David Davis in February 2008 when he was still shadow home secretary.