I`ll sthrceam and sthrceam till I`m thsick and I can too!

As intoned Violet Elizabeth Bott in the Just William novels when she couldn’t get her own way. As do the so called health campaigners (aka killjoys) who believe that the UK government should ignore EU rules and voter preference on minimum alcohol pricing.

BBC.

Health campaigners have reacted angrily to reports that plans for minimum pricing of alcohol in England and Wales may be dropped.
Splits within the Conservatives have also emerged, with ministers who are said to no longer back the plans accused of “political manoeuvring”.
The government had planned to introduce a 45p charge per unit, but this is said to be facing strong cabinet opposition.
The Home Office said it was considering responses to its 10-week consultation.

Political reality getting in the way of those who believe we should do as we are told and shut up in the process of being reamed.

Labour said dropping the plans would be a “humiliating climbdown” and accused the government of “weak leadership”.

Because Labour have never met a repressive intrusive measure they didn’t like.

If it is dropped it’s good news for the majority of us who do drink responsibly and don’t cause problems. It’s also a poke in the eye for the authoritarian bansturbationists who believe that what they believe is good for us needs to be enforced by law and cost. These generally are the people who can easily afford to pay the extra, rather than those who can’t but enjoy an occasional drink anyway to take their minds off what the health campaigners are up too now.

Most of us just want to be left alone, we don’t like being badgered and hectored by people who don’t live as we do and don’t have to put up with the shit we have too. We don’t like the government interfering in our lives and if pushed too far will vote them out for anyone who will reverse the change. We are also very aware that the government funds a lot of these so called  health campaigners from public funds to tell the government what they want to hear so they can tax us on it. Same process goes on with the environmental lobby too.

They keep pushing and pushing then wonder why people become divorced from the political process, sooner or later they’ll keep pushing and we’ll push back, though I don’t think we’ve reached that stage yet. I don’t think it will be drink either, more likely immigration.

Politicians would be much more popular if they learned the art of doing nothing and leaving us the hell alone.

9 comments for “I`ll sthrceam and sthrceam till I`m thsick and I can too!

  1. March 13, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Politicians would be much more popular if they learned the art of doing nothing and leaving us the hell alone.

    🙂

  2. James Strong
    March 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Agreed.

    But I’d prefer not to rely on EU rules when arguing against minimum pricing of alcohol.

  3. Voice of Reason
    March 13, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Mentioning Violet Elizabeth brought back fond memories of my youth. Thanks.

    • March 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      William would now be subject to innumerable ASBOs.

      O tempora, O mores…

    • Mudplugger
      March 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Admitting to having ‘fond memories’ of pre-pubescent girl may be considered a tad imprudent nowadays too.

      • Voice of Reason
        March 14, 2013 at 12:38 am

        If you’re going to be that way, I’ll just be old forever.

  4. John
    March 13, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    What I’ve found interesting today is how the media are playing this story out. The narrative is all about Cameron “U-turning” on a policy he hasn’t even published, how it’s all part of the Conservative infighting, how Labour are gaining political points by taunting Cameron.

    I suppose it was naieve to expect more from our press but nothing I’ve seen today in our media debate even questions “can anyone prove this idea even works?”

    Once again our media fail us. The junk-science and weak-statistics have been unquestioningly accepted in the face of the whining of the something-must-be-done lobby of publicly funded interest groups whose continued funding is utterly dependant on being seen to be doing something.

    Nobody thought to interleave the official stats from earlier in the week showing that alcohol consumption is dropping off as a long term trend, and particularly within the 18-25 target group of this minimum pricing idea. What the fuck are our media useful for?

    Remember folks, this isn’t about alcohol policy, it’s about preserving the government funded gravy train for the over 70(!) organisations that are campaigning for it.

  5. Stonyground
    March 13, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Is it possible that the Mainstream Media were always hopeless and that it is only now that we have the internet that we are aware of this?

  6. SteveW
    March 14, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I’ve recently coined the term ‘health champagners’, as it seems slightly more apt for most of them.

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