Anyone who thinks David Cameron is a conservative is in denial;
“Alcohol will be sold with a minimum price to deter binge drinking under plans ordered by David Cameron. The Prime Minister has demanded that each unit of alcohol be sold for no less than 40p to 50p in Britain’s supermarkets. The proposals, which Mr Cameron wants included in an alcohol strategy paper to be published in February, will cost drinkers £700million a year.”
Cameron is fooling himself if he thinks that jacking up the price of a bottle of Buckfast or WKD will deter the appalling drinking habits of some people. Does he REALLY think that they will suddenly adopt a more sober lifestyle just because the State imposes draconian price structures? Nonsense.
Perhaps 24 hour 7 day a week availability to booze has an impact? Perhaps having a culture that almost luxuriates in the drunken boorism of celebrities has an impact? Perhaps having alcoholic drinks contrived to be sweet as pop and aimed at young people has an impact?
The State interfers with the pricing in the free market at its peril. But at least this shows that Cameron is a Nanny Stater at heart. I’ll drink to that.