If I want to buy a six pack of beer ill buy it regardless of how many places are selling it , if I decide to go for a pint or two its nice to have a choice for something new and refreshing like recent openings on commercial street , why should the public be forced to use the same old places to suit the corrupt licensing board ?
Trouble is that now they have got away with intruducing "Minimum Alcohol Pricing", they will push to make a can of lager £10 (or something equally silly) just the way they have done with tobacco because "it's for your own good"....
Yes, and the pricing of tobacco off the chart model has worked so well, hasn't it.......At long years ago creating a massive black market, which may well still be growing, and from which neithe rlegit business nor the government earns one penny. Full of bootleg Chinese and Middle Eastern 'look-a-like' crap made from the cheapest poorest quality materials, with who knows what nasties heaped in as filler, and subject to no quality control or regulation whatsoever.
Yet, they never learn, hiking the cost higher and higher year on year.
It at least allows them to spout off about 'how well their policies and measures are working, as tobacco comsumption is falling......' Which is hardly surprising when its just the legit taxed sales they count, and the black market portion is ignored. It may well have increased a proportionate amount to swallow up the reduction in legit taxed sales, it may well have increased more than that. No-one can know, and in any case, its in the Government's interests to pretend the black market doesn't exist to any relevant level, as if they acknowledged it, they'd be admitting by default that their polices and measures definitely were not working, and had somewhat spectacularly backfired, plus that they were crap at enforcing their own legisation.
If they repeat the formula with alcohol sales, it is only a matter of time before it becomes worthwhile for the clock to be turned back a few centuries, and boats start slipping in to remote voes to unload cases of cheap hooch again.
I haven't heard, but I would be very surprised if alcohol outlets immediately south of Hardian's Wall haven't noticed an increase in sales since Scotland introuduced minimum pricing, most of it due to folk nipping down from immediately north of Hadrian's for it and taking it back home. So, it may well have already started albeit in a small way.
Edited by Ghostrider, 08 July 2018 - 07:54 PM.