Of course the unit minimum price wouldn\’t solve the whole problem: some people will always set out to get drunk. But it would no longer be cheaper to get hammered and forget your troubles than it is to buy a Big Mac and sit down to talk them out with your friends. It would be a start. It would not be class-conscious, not a stealth tax: just a disincentive to those who push stronger and stronger drinks at us, replacing taste and pleasure with cheap intoxication. But the Government won\’t even consider it. Why?
Because it would be illegal. The EU says so.
Why is it so difficult for the chatterati to understand that we\’ve no longer got the power to do as they might wish?