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Nanny Staters LOVE the idea of a minimum price for alcohol. Forget about the fact that is will PUNISH responsible drinkers and drive up inflation as well as wreck the Drinks industry, this is all about social engineering. And to the left that is a holy grail.

Labour has accused the government of “weak leadership” after it emerged plans for minimum pricing of alcohol in England and Wales may be dropped. Conservative ministers are understood to be split over a proposed 45p per unit price to tackle problem drinking. Tory former GP Sarah Wollaston said: “To ditch this evidence-based measure would be a real tragedy.” Labour said it would be a “humiliating climb-down”. The Home Office said it was considering responses to its 10-week consultation. Prime Minister David Cameron supports a minimum unit price, which supporters argue would help reduce the levels of ill-health and crime related to alcohol and prevent practices like “pre-loading” with drink before nights out.

The GOOD news is that some Conservatives Ministers are revolting (!) at the idea and this is giving Nanny Cameron a problem. I think that it would be interesting if the devolved regions of the UK such as Scotland and Northern Ireland proceed with this leftist shibboleth whilst England rejects it.

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4 thoughts on “CHEERS!

  1. Just look at this BBC propaganda about a pack of morons and liars:

    Labour has accused the government of “weak leadership” after it emerged plans for minimum pricing of alcohol in England and Wales may be dropped …

    Tory former GP Sarah Wollaston said: “To ditch this evidence-based measure would be a real tragedy.” …

    Labour said it would be a “humiliating climb-down”. The Home Office said it was considering responses to its 10-week consultation. Prime Minister David Cameron supports a minimum unit price …

    There’s much, much more in the BBC link.

    The reason why the idea has been dropped, though it suits the Tories, Labour and the BBC to hush it up, is that minimum prices are illegal under EU law.

  2. Colm –

    They might not be going ahead with it.

    First the policy has been challenged by wine-producing European Union nations such as France, Italy and Spain amid claims that it breaches EU law on free trade.

    The EC itself has already said “we have a problem with the compatibility of minimum pricing plans under community law”.

    More detail of those concerns emerged in a legal opinion on the policy prepared for the EC and submitted to the Scottish government earlier this year.

    The opinion suggests that minimum pricing is a disproportionate way to tackle such concerns and therefore may not be exempt from competition law.

  3. Like Homer Simpson says, my favorite beer is free beer. There should be no minimum price. Defer all questions to Mr. Simpson.

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