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Concerning Alcohol

Plans For Minimum Alcohol Price

The government’s top medical adviser has drawn up plans for a minimum price for alcohol which would double the cost of some drinks in England.

Under the proposal from Sir Liam Donaldson, it has been reported that no drinks could be sold for less than 50 pence per unit of alcohol they contain.

I seem to remember hearing that before somewhere.

So, a senior government doctor calls for government intervention to tackle a social ill. Government funded fake charity supports his call. State-funded broadcaster carries the item at the top of the news (it was item two on Sky).

I think we can see where this is going … and despite that fact that such intervention (in the form of taxation) has been used over many years – presumably to little effect, or they wouldn’t be calling for this measure (no pun). And let us not forget that the licensing trade, particularly pubs, have already been dealt two hammer blows in recent years with the smoking ban and the recession. Pubs are as important part of many communities as the post office (remember them?)

This is all apart from the sheer inequity of making the responsible majority pay more to punish the weak-willed few.

Never mind, the good doctor has called for it, and so it will happen – although only after due consultation, of course!

It’s just the sort of thing that Devil’s Kitchen goes on about, and rightly so.


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