A lot of us want the government to be more EUskeptic, we want them to defy the EU more and make sure that the over regulation that comes from the EU is not passed onto the people of the UK. Sadly that is not normally the case and many of the politicians elected to Westminster blindly pass EU regulations onto the UK with a nod and no scrutiny. When our so called leaders do decide to defy the EU, you can more or less bet it’s in a manner not desired by the people of the UK.
The European Commission has sent a nine-page legal opinion to the British Government warning that minimum prices are illegal – and that the Treasury should increase duty on alcoholic drinks if it wishes to raise the price.
However, ministers appear to have decided to defy the legal warning and yesterday unveiled proposals to introduce a 45p minimum price for each unit of alcohol.
Supermarket deals offering shoppers “two for one deals” and similar discounts will also be outlawed.
The minimum price plan will mean that wine cannot be sold for less than about £4.20 a bottle, beer cannot be sold for less than about 90p a can and a bottle of gin will cost at least £11.70.
However, The Daily Telegraph has seen a leaked note sent to the British Government in response to Scottish plans to set a minimum price of alcohol.
The legal opinion states that setting a minimum price is illegal under laws governing the free movement of goods.
We already knew this of course, it’s been mooted in blogs and even by the MSM over the last couple of years that such a move by the government was illegal, but it seems that when it comes to robbing the UK public, the politicians are prepared to defy the EU and not when it’s vice versa.
Yes the UK has a drinking culture unlike much of Europe, but raising the prices in the hope that it will cure or reduce the culture is a mistake, it’s akin to treating the side effects of a condition rather than looking at why it happens in the first place. Many of us like a drink, we don’t tend to drink to excess, but we use it to supplement our enjoyment in a social sense, to escape life, to reduce the stresses of the day. The problem is that the so called binge drinking culture stems from the governments and the powers that be making our lives an absolute misery in various shades of grey so that a drink is one of the few legal outlets that the binge drinkers have. Instead of improving lives the government has made it so that many attempt to escape their lives, if only for an evening or weekend.
Put up the price of the escape and many will choose other paths, but they won’t stop trying to escape.
Politicians don’t seem to have grasped this.
They probably never will…