posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 08:44 AM
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has given a lukewarm response to proposals for minimum prices for alcohol.
The proposals were unveiled by Sir Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer for England, on Monday.
Sir Liam wants a minimum price of 50p for each unit of alcohol a drink contains - taking the price of an average six pack of lager to £6.00.
But Mr Brown said he did not want to impose additional burdens on the majority, who were "moderate" drinkers.
Gordon Brown for once showing a modicum of common sense here.
Minimum pricing on alcohol would create a situation which would make the poll tax riots look like a nicee day out.
Last week we had another doofus telling us that chocolate should be taxed, and now another Doctor wanting high prices for alcohol.
With the recession biting, and money tight, many people are drinking a few beers (or whatever) at home rather than paying £3 a pint in a pub.
Take away that little luxury, and the safety valve it provides and it opens up a whole new set of problems.
There are forms of alcohol (lagers and ciders, and some spirits) which are far too cheap - BUT things like special brew and frosty jack are not what
most people drink.
In fact the only people I see buying this chemical ridden rubbish are people who are far down the road of alcoholism.
As long as it's not brought in as another stealth tax...
Brown should stick to his guns on this one, and maybe figure out how to stop underage kids and chavs from getting blind drunk rather than penalising
those who are moderate and sensible drinkers.