The foolishness of minimum pricing

In the light of the Scottish government interference:

“Minimum pricing is so unjust because it targets the bottom of the market only,” commented Sam Bowman, Executive Director of the pro-free market Adam Smith Institute.

He explained: “Now, rich people cause problems when they drink; rich people spend more money on alcohol than poor people, and they actually drink more than poor people – but this policy does nothing to affect middle class and rich people.”

Karen Betts, SWA chief executive, said they “accept” the court decision in a statement, but also took time to highlight how it could damage their industry and exports.

“We will now look to the Scottish and UK governments to support the industry against the negative effects of trade barriers being raised in overseas markets that discriminate against Scotch Whisky as a consequence of minimum pricing, and to argue for fair competition on our behalf.

The bottom line is that the UK taxpayer is now going to have to subsidize the Scotch industry as a result of this government interference in people’s lives.

Whatever the government touches always goes pearshaped, a truism which never wavers.

10 comments for “The foolishness of minimum pricing

  1. Errol
    November 16, 2017 at 8:17 am

    No MP seems to understand supply and demand or, if they do, to willfully ignore it. Now we have a situation where to keep jobs they have to spend the taxes those jobs generate on… err… keeping them because of their own policy.

    Government is inept and sees the social problem and addresses the outcome, never the cause – namely that Scotland is a poor country that has massive welfare and substance problems because there are no jobs there: jobs the state has now set about trying to destroy.

    If I can see it, why can’t people paid vastly more? However, this is government. It’s solution would be to spend tax money on Scotland to ‘invest’ when really, what Scotland needs is for the SNP to cut taxes, but they won’t because they’re a bunch of moron socialists and they can’t suddenly boost exports because they are rabid about the EU, which prevents such. The problem’s obvious. The solution obvious. Government will do nothing about it because it doesn’t want to.

    • November 16, 2017 at 8:30 am

      And we are brought back, as we are every single time, to the fact that socialism never works, it never lasts, it wrecks a nation.

  2. November 16, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I once tried distilling my own hooch for reasons of economy. Putting the alcohol bit in with some of the right fruit juice came up with a sort of, repeat sort of, brandy. Anyhow it packed a fair old punch. Trouble was the neighbours complained about the smell and especially when one of the kids handed round a bottle at school.

  3. November 16, 2017 at 11:21 am

    There will, however, be benefits to England. There will be a huge building boom, from Carlisle through Haltwhistle to Berwick on Tweed, with stores such as Majestic Wines and other large booze shops setting up to be the English equivalent of the Calais Mega-Booze Cruise idea.

    Stupid, only as the Scots can truly be; and daft into the bargain!

  4. Tcheuchter
    November 16, 2017 at 11:45 am

    It’s largely thanks to the neds of the central belt that the SNP is in power. Methinks the neds will be none too pleased their cheap 8% ABV cider is no longer cheap.

  5. November 16, 2017 at 4:14 pm


    Now there’s a title I haven’t heard in a long, long time. I was ship-based in Glasgow some fifty-odd years ago, and met up with a weee group of the lads one Christmas Eve.

    Bit reserved to begin with, but when the ice melted around the bowl where the Uisge Baugh sat, we had a great time.

    Happy, Happy Days!

  6. November 16, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Sorry for the Scots but a roaring trade will be had this side of the border. The Scots will emigrate.

  7. Dr Evil
    November 17, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    You have to love these ‘units’. US unit is 15 grammes of pure alcohol, ours is 8 grammes and the sensible Japanese have a unit of 19.75 grammes. The Scots are daft bringing in this law as are the supreme court justices allowing it. It must contradict EU laws on competition.

  8. Stephen Brown
    November 17, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    The old English ‘Revenuers’ couldn’t stop the illegal distillation of Uisge Baugh, no matter how hard they tried. I’m sure that the folk-memories of how to produce the good stuff remain yet in the Highlanders minds.
    The sudden drop of revenues garnered from the sale of alcoholic beverages might send a signal to the Scottish Parliament to think again.

  9. Pcar
    November 17, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    The Evil Left SNP punishing the poor (again) on USA News – Less money for food

    UK Supreme Court ruled Scotland can set minimum price for alcohol

    Other than making the poor poorer and more unhappy what do the SNP Dictators and the health nazis achieve?

    Research by Sheffield University has suggested a 50p minimum unit price could result in 121 fewer deaths a year after 20 years, while hospital admissions could fall by more than 2,000 a year by then.

    In other words – Sod All, Zilch, Nothing

    I’ve emailed Ruthie asking if they oppose and if not, why not.

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