Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Lansley speaks sense shock

I can’t say I’ve been the greatest fan of Health Secretary Andrew Lansley since his appointment last year – far too much of a Nanny Stater for me (although no worse in that respect than his predecessor). However, he came out with some surprisingly blunt common sense last week on the subject of minimum alcohol pricing:

He said that there were “big problems” with the idea, which he said would penalise the poor, fall foul of EU competition laws, and do little to tackle the kind of dangerous drinking seen in town and city centres on Friday and Saturday nights.
Roll on the day when this misguided, illiberal and élitist policy comes before the courts and gets struck down. I really do look forward to seeing the egg plastered over that face of that smug, sanctimonious git Salmond.

Lansley’s government colleague Chloe Smith was speaking on similar lines last week. Interestingly, in that debate, some backbenchers “condemned Tesco for marketing tactics that encouraged shoppers to buy from English stores when minimum pricing for alcohol is introduced in Scotland.” You do have to wonder what else Tesco are supposed to do. It would undoubtedly be illegal for them to stop Scottish people buying from English stores, and I doubt whether it would need much if any publicity for canny Scots to realise they can get a bargain in Carlisle Tesco.

1 comment:

  1. Lansley also mentioned on Radio 4 that the smoking bans wouldn't be looked at.
    Travelling from Scotland to England to buy cheaper booze is no different than travelling from England to France for cheaper fags.
    Its all just a gigantic political cock up.
    I remember shopping in duty free in USA a few years ago and the French were loading up with hundreds of fags yet I was restricted to 200.
    When I asked why, this Mexican member of staff who struggled speaking English suddenly said perfectly, 'Chancellor of the Exchequer'.
    The arseholes in Parliament never tire from ripping us off.
    My local M.P. Sarah Woollaston is pushing and pushing for booze increases she does not give a shit for anybody that can barely afford a pint now and then, all she can see is pissed yobs creating trouble. The fact that they are not arrested or dealt with is totally irrelevant, just ban ban and restrict.

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