Friday 23 March 2012
Alcohol unit pricing sillyness
1 - Drinking is falling, has fallen straight through the recession for a number of years now.
2 - The Dutch tried this idea, it gets banned by the EU Courts eventually anyway
3 - 'It's a free Country' - are things not bad enough in the Country that we can;t think of even more stupid nanny state ways to interfere with people's lives?
4 - Together with excessive alcohol duties, this measure further pushes up inflation
So really, it's an illiberal, ill-thought out, economically damaging and unworkable idea.
How did this get through the civil service? I really hope ti is just a kite flying expedition to get the budget of the Newspapers' front covers.