The Government has today given in to the health lobby and interfering ‘do gooders‘ by announcing the first ever minimum pricing for alcohol in England and Wales.
TheOpinionSite.org wishes to point out that this is the same ‘non-interfering‘, ‘anti-nanny state‘ administration whose politicians promised less interference in people’s lives only a few months ago when they were so desperate for our votes.
The government have been smart too. So smart in fact that most people have already been taken in by the claims that the measure won’t make any difference because of the definition of the term ‘minimum price‘. Complacency is already all around us.
The definition of the minimum price is ‘Duty plus VAT‘. This is of course infinitely preferable to a minimum price per unit which the anti-drinking, puritan and tea-total lobbyists asked for, mistakenly believing it was a solution to ‘binge drinking’ by badly behaved students who unsurprisingly believe, as do all children in the UK now, that they are a protected species and that nobody can take any sanctions against them without being accused of child abuse.
Indeed, everyone who is not a subsidised MP but still enjoys a drink without getting absolutely paralytic should consider themselves lucky that a minimum price per unit has been rejected. If it had not been, we would all be considerably more miserable than we are already.
However, before you go and have a drink to celebrate, we at TheOpinionSite.org urge you to think more deeply about this apparent bout of commonsense from a government that seems incapable of applying the same when it faces the slightest opposition from right wing politicians.
The point is that if the price is defined by duty and VAT, it is an absolute certainty that both duty and tax will rise dramatically in the near future. This is certain because, under the proposed legislation, all the duty and VAT increases must be passed on to the end customer in its totality; in other words, passed on to you and me.
The structure being proposed is in fact a potential gold mine for any administration and, as with income tax (which was supposedly a temporary measure), once it is on the Statute Book, it will never be removed.
British governments love to stick their noses into the affairs of other countries in a futile attempt to maintain the impression that Britain is still a ‘world power‘ (which it clearly isn’t – just ask the Americans) and that it ‘punches above its weight‘ on the world stage, all of which costs a great deal of money.
Traditionally, at least for the last 300 years, this money has come from taxes on tobacco and alcohol. It is a fact that until 15 years ago, the navy, air force and army were all paid for by taxes on those two commodities.
Now, with the government making it too expensive and ant-social to smoke, the only source of this income left is alcohol and the income from the duty and VAT on petrol. Alcohol is therefore certain to cost more – much more – than it does at present, as will petrol.
As usual, this will hit the poor and unemployed more than anyone else but that is no surprise as the Coalition in general and the Chancellor in particular have made it clear that the only section of society of any importance to them is that composed of so called ‘working families‘.
All good Conservative dogma from what is supposed to be a Liberal-influenced government.
TheOpinionSite.org suggests that we all enjoy a drink while we still can. It won’t be many months before it becomes too expensive to do so as our cash-strapped, interfering and dictatorial government seeks to rob us all blind in order to ensure that we are still a ‘world power‘, in order to fight pointless wars and in order to ensure that they continue to pay themselves ridiculous amounts of money for forcing increased misery upon us all, particularly the seemingly irrelevant poor and unemployed.