Paul A Jellis wrote:Does all this mean that Glasgow will be re-named Plasgow?
Just a thought!
I suppose since I posted the question I'd better offer my view.
I would happily drink whisky out of a plastic container in the absence of anything else. If I had a choice though, I would always take glass.
I have this week attempted an objective whisky taste from glass and plastic. Same whisky, same day, same time and from recepticles that were the same shape (tumblers). They tasted much the same but I have to say that I enjoyed the glass better. It felt right and had a nice feel against the lips. I then had a proper dram in a Glencairn. No comparison.
(Sorry going off the question a little bit)
This move by the now renamed "Plasgow" City Council is a great opportunity for plastics firms to come up with a plastic that has all the characteristics of glass but without the lethal qualities if damaged.
As I've mentioned in another post, however, this is another example of the actions of a small minority of nonentities impacting upon the vast law abiding majority.
A small Scottish town close to Glesga had a real problem with razor slashings for a time. It was sorted by a police crackdown and severe punishments imposed by the courts. It's all about aiming at the 80%. If they think they will be caught and punished, they may think twice about it. There is always a 10% who will not be put off. They will use ashtrays instead or devise a method of converting the plastic cups into lethal weapons (similar to football hooligans who can fashion a simple newspaper into a cosh known as a Millwall brick)
I suspect that the Glasgow City Fathers have taken a vote winning, easy option of treating a symptom rather than tackling the root problem. Sad to say, but I suspect that all that'll happen is a substitution of the terrible injuries caused by glass by something equally bad and hospital emergency rooms will remain just as busy. I really hope I'm wrong.