But the announcement means the Government has stopped short of setting a blanket minimum unit price for alcohol – such as 50p per unit – which would have pushed up the average price of all products.
It is understood officials were concerned such a move would run in to legal difficulties. Similar proposals in Scotland were dropped.
Well yes. For it would be against EU law to do so.
I\’ve really never understood all these campaigners for such a minimum price. They\’ve been told often enough that it would be illegal. So why do they still argue for it?
1) They\’re ignorant?
2) A much more depressing idea: knowing that they can never actually gain their goal they also realise that it\’s a great campaigning goal. So they can continue forever to campaign, be important, be given money, but never actually achieve the end which will make them redundant?
What really worries me I think is that as I age I\’m becoming less inclined to attribute attitudes or campaigns to reason 1) and more to reason 2). I didn\’t actually think it was possible for me to become more cynical about British politics but I seem to be managing it.