I see that Nanny is laying plans for a minimum price of alcohol to be set, her theory being that this will eliminate "binge drinking".
Nanny plans to ensure that weak lager cannot be sold for less that 38p a can (I have to pay around £1 for my 4.8% Red Stripe!), and a litre of vodka cannot be sold for less than £10.71.
Here's why this plan is bollocks:
1 In the Nordic countries there are heavy duties on booze, eg in Finland half a litre of beer costs £5.85 and plonk is £20.90 a bottle. However, I can assure you that these countries still have high rates of alcohol abuse (people brew their own); additionally the high duties are contrary to EU rules (people go abroad and bring in gallons of cheap booze anyway).
2 Drinking is part of the national culture, whether Nanny likes it or not. In Julius Caesar's time Romans wrote back home complaining about the rain, fighting and British capacity for drinking themselves senseless.
3 Nanny is in no position to dictate to us what and how much we should drink. Our "respected" MPs have access to bars and restaurants that are open outwith normal hours, and serve subsidised booze (courtesy of our taxes).
4 Violent behaviour stems from the moronic mindsets and "characters" of the individuals concerned. I can drink gallons, but do not end up hitting people, putting my feet up on seats or behaving in an "anti social" manner.
5 We are now living longer (as Nanny keeps lamenting). The costs on our health care system of looking after an ever increasing elderly and infirm population are not sustainable. Maybe it is better for the our happiness, and the tax burden, that we be allowed to enjoy ourselves and die a little bit earlier?
As said, the plan is bollocks.
Sad to see it comes from a government that claims it is trying to roll back the frontiers of the state!
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