Imagine my delight, and joy, when I read that the Scottish parliament wants to charge only 45p for booze.
My goodness me, what an excellent idea and bargain!
Now imagine my disappointment on reading the article properly, to find that in fact this is 45p per unit. In effect they are putting the price of booze up.
Seemingly, some "study" has "proven" that 50 lives a year will be saved by charging at this rate.
My suspicion is that this charge is bollocks and will achieve now't, other than swell the government's coffers. The Nordic countries have such a policy, yet there are still many heavy drinkers there and indeed many illegal home brew "stills".
Do the MSPs have access to parliamentary bars that are subsidised by Scottish taxpayers?
By the way, by happenstance, I also read that that the amount of booze consumed in the UK has in fact fallen.
Sounds to me as if this pricing policy is utter bollocks, and just a ploy to raise taxes!
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