From the Coalition Programme for Government:
We will ban the sale of alcohol below cost price.
I\’m absolutely certain that they\’ve not thought this through.
So, booze wholesaler goes bust (or offie, pub, supermarket, village shop, whatever).
The liquidator comes in and has to shift the stock swiftly in order to get cash back for creditors before rents and storage costs eat any further into the pittance they\’re going to get.
How do you shift stock quickly? You discount it of course.
This is now illegal.
Think that\’s too extreme?
One of the secrets of the Weathersppon\’s empire is that it\’s got such tremendous throughput that it can take stuff a week or a few days before it goes out of date and yet still sell it, at a bargain price of course, to thirsty drinkers across the land. As they\’re just about the only buyers that can do this and the manufacturer or wholesaler who fucked up can either sell to them or pour it down the drains they pay nothing like \”cost price\” for this booze.
This will now be illegal.
And as a final point: since when has it been Conservative or Liberal policy to stop me losing money by selling my manufactures at absolutely any bloody price I choose to?
Hint: just about nobody pays cost price for their telephones these days, do they?