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It’s official: minimum alcohol pricing is illegal

by | 7th, January 2013

I’VE never really understood what the wowsers have been trying to do with this minimum alcohol pricing lark. If you want booze to be more expensive then put the taxes up. At least that way you’ll get some tax revenue. Why you’d want minimum pricing instead I cannot understand: all that does is increase the manufacturers’ profits.

I’m also not really sure why the price has to go up. Boozing has been falling gently for a decade or so, binge drinking is declining. There doesn’t seem to be any emergency that needs a solution.

And worse than that there are some of us who have been saying that minimum pricing is illegal under EU laws. And here we are, here’s the official declaration

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