Madeleine Moon MP said ending the “high level of subsidy” enjoyed at military bars would help to curb drinking.
She said she got the “fright of my life” when she was charged only £1 for a treple gin and tonic while visiting forces in the Falkland Islands two years ago.
Stupid cow. Why should a military base not in the UK pay UK rent, rates or booze taxes? Gin’s a £ a sodding bottle once you get rid of those things.
A military culture of heavy drinking can see service personnel “drinking to the point of oblivion” a defence minister has admitted as she faced calls to scrap subsidised drink in military bars.
Anna Soubry told an MPs committee the Government should do more to rein in a boozing culture within the Armed Forces.
She also faced calls to end cut price alcohol on military bases after one MP complained she had once been charged only £1 for a treble gin and tonic while visiting troops on the Falkland Islands.
There is no bloody subsidy:
Cheap drink is available to officers and senior NCOs in mess bars, though it is sold at a profit and not subsidised, while military bars on or near bases are most often operated by commercial outfits.
And to get to the basics, if you’re trusting someone to be willing to go kill and or die for you you’ve got to trust them to be able to work out their own drinking patterns.