Dr Evelyn Gillan, the chief executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland, said there was clear evidence from Canada that minimum pricing saved lives.
No, there isn\’t. As we saw just this last week, the evidence from Canada is that higher prices reduce consumption. This isn\’t a surprise to anyone.
However, those higher prices come from higher taxation plus distribution monopolies. That is, it\’s the State making the extra money.
The stupidity of minimum pricing is not that higher prices won\’t reduce legal consumption, for of course they will. It\’s that the extra money won\’t be going in tax. It\’ll be going to the retailers and manufacturers. And what sort of fucking cretin uses the law to increase producer margins?
Higher prices or not higher prices is one thing: lower consumption or not part of that same argument.
But minimum pricing instead of using tax is simple stupidity.