Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Booze Matters - Responsible Drinking
I see that Nanny is whining on yet again about booze.
This time, playing to the gallery, Cameron is promising booze buses (very nice of him to lay on free transport to pubs), drunk tanks (dangerous to have a drunken tank trundle across city streets!) and Nanny's favourite idea minimum pricing on alcohol.
Cameron will say that responsible drinking needs to “become a reality”.
It is all very well saying that increasing the minimum price of alcohol will in some way act as a panacea for our nation's ills as perceived by Nanny. However, there are a number of problems wrt minimum pricing:
1 It doesn't work. Go to Scandinavia, where alcohol prices are staggeringly high. and you will see people drinking in toilets, brewing their own illegal hooch and importing gallons of duty free booze from Denmark.
2 Increasing the price of alcohol (via tax or legislation on retailers) is a form of regressive taxation. Yet "regressiveness is a four letter word when it comes to taxation".
3 Our "respected" MPs have the luxury of taxpayer subsidised booze (and food) in the House of Commons.
Will they be giving this up?
No, I thought not!
Hypocrisy at its worst!
4 It is not for the state to define what is or what is not "responsible".
5 Nanny whines on that the cost of treating booze related illnesses etc is around £2.7BN. This is more than covered by the £9.7BN raised by alcohol duties.
Funny, isn't it, Nanny claims to hate booze yet she is delighted to make money out of it?
6 There was a sixth point, but my cat distracted me. Please fill this one in.
In short, Nanny's plan will fail.
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