THE government appears to have got it right on 24-hour licensing laws.
Official statistics that show a big drop in violent offences since the opening hours shake-up will leave killjoys crying into their beer.
The project is proving a success.
Instead of the high street bloodbath predicted by opponents, we have fewer fights in taxi queues and outside kebab shops.
The Daily Mirror backed the relaxation of the licensing laws and we are delighted at the fall in booze-fuelled thuggery.
We acknowledge a £2.5million crackdown by police on yobs has played a key part. But that's a small price to pay.
Home Secretary Charles Clarke must ensure that officers remain on duty, to maintain the success of the new law.