I am hugely gemused to see that Nanny's absurd plans for minimum booze prices have fallen apart.
Cameron's daft idea (he seems to make plans on the hoof without ever thinking them through) has been kicked into touch by the Treasury.
It would reduce tax receipts.
As per a source in the Treasury:
"A remarkably stupid idea”.Aside from the Treasury's views wrt tax revenues, I have written many times before about why this idea is bollocks; here, for example, is what I wrote in November 2012:
"As I have noted many times before, this will not work:
1 People will brew their own illegal hooch.
2 Hardened drinkers will continue to buy booze.
3 It will encourage more binge drinking on cheaper shite.
4 It is the thin end of the wedge, as Nanny will continue to increase the minimum price.
5 It will be used as an excuse to set minimum prices for other "vices" that Nanny disapproves of.
6 It will be used by the single issue obsessives as an excuse to launch a moral crusade against alcohol and to try to ban it altogether.
Meanwhile Nanny continues to enjoy taxpayer subsidised booze in Westminster!
This is simply a method used by Nanny to raise revenue to pay for her perks, privileges and lifestyle.
This is not Conservatism with a small "c", this is state dictatorship infringing on our rights to live our lives as we wish to.
Cameron is not a Conservative, he is a state interventionist."
Meanwhile there has been no official announcement yet from Nanny about the fact that the plan has been abandoned.
Drinks all round!
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