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Ben Gummer M.P. on Alcohol Minimun Pricing.

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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.


Written by Andrew Coates

November 29, 2012 at 11:58 am

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  1. It might even rivive the old tradition of meths drinking and distillation of shoe polish that used to be so prevalent in my childhood. You don’t hear much about it these days, but it’s a shame for these old customs to die out.

    Sue r

    November 29, 2012 at 4:54 pm

  2. A sad loss indeed.

    Andrew Coates

    November 29, 2012 at 5:48 pm

  3. So have the European Commission also told Alex Salmond that his minimum pricing law will be challenged?

    Ah – I see they have http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-20526338

    Assuming that the EU fails us I may well have to finally take up home brewing….

    Roger McCarthy (@RF_McCarthy)

    November 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm

  4. More on Salmond (who is said to like himself so much he drinks his own bath water).

    The darling of the nationalist left has just been cited in the Leveson Enquiry Report lobbying for Rupert Murdoch

    “Alex Salmond is facing calls to step down from crunch talks on the Leveson proposals in Scotland, amid claims that he has been “tainted” by the findings of the report.

    The First Minister displayed a “striking” readiness to lobby UK Business Secretary Vince Cable and former culture secretary Jeremy Hunt on behalf of Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp, the report found. Mr Salmond could even have knowingly pressed the Coalition ministers to reach an “unlawful” decision on the proposed acquisition of BSkyB, it said.

    There was no evidence of a deal to trade NewsCorp newspaper support for the SNP in exchange for Scottish Government support for the BSkyB bid, but Lord Leveson noted that both were discussed during the same conversation.”


    Andrew Coates

    November 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm

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