Sirsly, why are they doing this?

The European Commission has sent a nine-page legal opinion to the British Government warning that minimum prices are illegal – and that the Treasury should increase duty on alcoholic drinks if it wishes to raise the price.

However, ministers appear to have decided to defy the legal warning and yesterday unveiled proposals to introduce a 45p minimum price for each unit of alcohol.

Quite apart from anything else this is going to create massive legal bills as the case is fought through the courts. Bills that we taxpayers will have to pay.

Can\’t we surcharge the fuckers who are bringing in something so obviously illegal?

8 comments on “Sirsly, why are they doing this?

  1. It’s a sad day when the European Commission is on the rational side of the debate. Why doesn’t Cameron just increase the tax take to the minimum price and then he gets the proceeds rather than the alcohol companies. So he gets the unpopularity without the benefit. Idiot.

  2. Didn’t Cameron promise that the Torys would reduce the amount of nannying interference? If this does go to the EU courts UKIP should put up a cost counter to show how much money is being wasted.

  3. Frederick // Nov 29, 2012 at 10:19 am
    Why doesn’t Cameron just increase the tax take to the minimum price and then he gets the proceeds rather than the alcohol companies
    ==============================
    Perhaps I am crediting him with a plurality of brain cells but,
    ‘I have had to increase the price for everyone but it’s not my fault; that big boy made me do it and ran away’

  4. View from ‘Perhaps I am crediting him with a plurality of brain cells but,
    ‘I have had to increase the price for everyone but it’s not my fault; that big boy made me do it and ran away’’

    That makes no real sense. easily disposed of with ‘we had to do it cos of health, at least we’re raising tax not giving more to brewers etc’.

    I must confess, I cannot understand why they are doing what they’re doing.

    I am instinctively anti conspiracy theories, but the logical assumption is that someone somewhere is getting a bung. Could that be possible??

  5. Cameron is extremely arrogant and stupid to boot. If the EU wins he is stuffed and looks like an impotent loser(which he is) but if he wins (unlikely) he and the rest of Blulabour have no more excuse for submitting to whatever crap the EU come up with. Either way he is on a hiding to nothing as well as pissing off voters even more.

    Cammie is a dickheaded, little-rich boy aristo who has gone far far past the little ability he has. A living tribute to the (temporary) power of bullshit.

  6. This may be bad news for UKIP as it could increase the popularity of the EU amongst the great unwashed no end if Cameron gets the predicted kick in the love grenades..

  7. persoanlly I think it demonstrates the fact that almost all policy making for the last 20 years has been in response to some lobby group or another leveraging the BBC and/or the tabloid press to advance their cause such that PR obsessed ministers committ to stupid emotive policies that benefit the lobbyist and stuff the rest of us.

  8. Why doesn’t Cameron just increase the tax take to the minimum price and then he gets the proceeds rather than the alcohol companies.

    The minimum-pricing two-step is interesting.

    It’s originally an SNP policy, because the SNP don’t have the right to vary excise duty (and obviously, lobbying HMG to raise excise duty would be boring and wouldn’t allow them to claim the credit if it worked).

    But while it has obvious and direct relevant for Scotland, it works for Cam as well, because it allows him to not raise taxes, to help his mates in the on-trade (as a former director of a bar chain), allows him to help the major employers and CBI lobbyists in the branded alcohol trade (virtually none of the booze hit by the rules will be the stuff made by Diageo, AB Inbev, Heineken, Carlsberg or Pernod – it’s white cider and supermarket vodka, both of which are made by budget local companies that don’t have lunch with ministers).

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