So Mr Potato Head has been convinced by the lies.
The Prime Minister has ordered officials to develop a scheme in England to stop the sale of alcohol at below 40p to 50p a unit in shops and supermarkets.
Ministers could copy Scottish proposals, which would ban the sale of alcohol below 45p a unit, or bring in a more sophisticated system of taxes based on the number of alcohol units contained in the drink.
Those lies being:
Figures published earlier this month showed that twice as many people were being treated in hospital because of alcohol misuse compared with 10 years ago.
No, no they don\’t. The figures show twice as many admissions for diseases which are defined as being alcohol related. 0.3 of an admission for hypertensive disease, for example.
What we\’re not told (although it can be divined from the figures) is that a) total admissions have gone up by some 40-50%, b) the population is ageing so those diseases which are defined as alcohol related (ie, hypertensive diseases) will have more admissions and c) we\’ve got, as we all know, an \”obesity epidemic\”, meaning that admissions for obesity related diseases will also be up and, amazing though you may find it, many of the diseases that are \”alcohol related\” are also \”obesity related\”.
In other words the scumbag lying shits who compile the statistics are lying to us. Deliberately, through the method they use to compile the statistics.
Dr Sarah Wollaston, an MP on the Common’s health committee and a former GP, said that alcohol misuse was costing the nation £20 billion, or £800 for every family.
As we\’ve said around here many times, there\’s a problem with this number. That sure, there\’s a cost to booze, just like there\’s a cost to tofu. The question is, what\’s the benefit to put against that cost? With booze, the enjoyment offered must be higher than the amount spent on booze. That is, people are made happier by more than £50 billion because that\’s the sort of amount people spend on booze.
Oh, and the number that no one seems to want to acknowledge? Alcohol consumption is falling.
But those lies are out there, they\’ve been repeated enough that the fuckwits that rule us actually believe them.
We really are going to have to get around to hanging the cunts that lie so grievously, aren\’t we?