Ministers are preparing to approve plans that would allow supermarkets to collude in alcohol price rises as part of efforts to stem Britain\’s binge drinking epidemic.
The new arrangements, which would be secured through amendments to licensing laws, will enable supermarkets to get around existing competition rules that impose hefty penalties for price collusion.
Back to this in a moment,. Look at this rather:
The price of alcohol in shops has halved in real terms in 20 years
Nope, not true. A flat, full on, out and out barefaced lie.
The cost of beer and wine has remained relatively stable, meaning in real terms it has got cheaper as income has increased.
Now that is true. It\’s the so called "affordability" of alcohol which has increased by 65% over the period, as calculated by the BMA report.
But what the BMA seem to be missing here is that this is the very point of this whole civilisation business. That as we work out how to do things better, as technology (in the very widest sense) gets better then we are able to create more out of the resources to hand. It\’s called getting richer. Incomes go up faster than prices of goods so we can all have more goods to enjoy with our incomes. It\’s the whole point of the damn enterprise…..it doesn\’t matter whether you\’re capitalist, socialist, fascist or communist, while there may be differences in the effectiveness of each system at reaching the goal, the goal is the same: the proles getting richer.
Beef has increased in affordability, chicken, clothes, sneakers, computers, cars…just about everything except houses and taxes (both of which are controlled by government, of course) have increased in affordability over the past 20 years and as I say, this is the entire damn purpose of this society thing, to make it so.
That we live higher on the hog than did our parents and that our children may do so higher than we.
But back to the change in competition law. Utter, utter, stupidity. Supermarkets use alcohol sales and price cuts as loss leaders. That\’s actually what is being compained about in the first place. That they lose money on that to get people into the stores.
So we\’re going to ban them from doing that….or at least allow them to conspire amongst themselves to make sure that no one goes for a beggar they neighbour price cut?
All that will happen is that supermarket profits will rise; it\’s the inevitable effect of allowing such conspiracy.
So, the suggested solution to a free people exercising its will in getting blasted is that we should increase supermarket profits?
Genius, sheer bloody genius.
Can we have our country back when you morons have finished playing with it please?