Ben Gummer M.P. on Alcohol Minimun Pricing.
Ben Gummer: Minimum Drink Price Increases Choice.
Tendance Coatesy publishes this right to reply on alcohol minimum pricing by Ben Gummer M.P. (Con) Ipswich, Mayor of Ipswich, Cabinet Minister for Ipswich, Editor, Evening Star (Ipswich) and (Honorary) President of the St Jude’s Junior League of Moderate and Well-Behaved Drinkers (Ipswich).
“It’s been a hectic time in town lately. My new Waitrose and John Lewis stores have opened. I am building 2,000 new homes on the outskirts of Ipswich. I set up a new Christmas Tree on the Corn Hill.
It’s boost, boost, boost for Ipswich!
Further across the County I’ve been welcoming SERCO’s takeover of Suffolk Community Services.
Their bold plan to make 100 “full time equivalent” posts go, including community nurses and physiotherapists, is all about improving our health service.
What could me more appropriate than that a company that runs Detention Centres, Prisons and is involved in the Defence Industry, should be running Suffolk NHS?
Now my government is extending choice to drinkers.
The 45p minimum would mean a can of strong lager could not be sold for less than about £1.56 and a bottle of wine below £4.22.
This will open up the opportunity for people to explore the world of other drinks, such as vintage wine, not affected by the changes.
A bottle of Château Lafite Rothschild ’82 may cost £5.736,22 but there are plenty of bargains out there at less than a £100!
Some may say that this kind of drink is only for the wealthy.
For the less well-off Sainsbury’s does a perfectly acceptable ‘Basics’ 4 pack of bitter (2% alcohol) for only a £1.00. Its price will not rise.
My good friend Andrew Coates knows I’ve read Chomsky.
What does he think of this action by the European oligarchs?
Putting a minimum price of alcohol is illegal, the European Commission has warned David Cameron.
The nine-page letter from Brussels to the Prime Minister says the scheme would break laws governing the free movement of goods.
The Home Office proposal is to ban the sale of alcohol for less than 45p per unit in an effort to target heavy drinkers.