" Nah, we're very well aware what it is, and we're not about to buy what the Govt. would like us to think it is from their propaganda."
Who do you speak for? or is this the Royal we? You obviously are not fully aware on what minimum unit pricing is judging by your comments.
" Its Govt. legislation that raises the retail price of certain alcoholic drinks above where they would be in a free market. Price fixing by any other name."
Yes that was the whole point. To stop very high alcohol drinks being sold cheaply.
" Who profits, and who loses? The end user loses through the increased cost they pay. Who gains? Everybody in the supply chain, which includes, guess who? Yup, the good old Govt. they tax the business profits of everyone in that supply chain, and receive VAT @ 17.5% on all sales.
Don't tell me the potential for an increase in tax revenue wasn't realised and factored in by those gray faces in stuffed suits, as I won't believe you."
You do realise that VAT is not devolved don't you? the Scottish Gov do get a percentage of VAT raised in Scotland but don't have any say in how this is raised yet. More likely that less is raised in VAT as most of these high alcohol drinks have been taken off the shelf. Which was the whole point.
" I don't buy it that cheap higher alcohol strength drinks act as a 'gateway' for the training up of brand new alkis, its a convenient red herring scapegoat, nothing more."
That is your ill informed opinion.
"Okay, so what if the raised price floor manages (arguably) to 'discourage' a handful of new alkis? Are you happy that everybody else has to pay through the nose for certain drinks to compensate for a very small minority who lack self control and/or don't have the ability to realise what they're doing to themselves. while at the same time lining even more the already well lined pockets of capitalists and Govt. coffers? I'm certainly not."
The vast majority of drinkers in Scotland already pay over the minimum unit cost and so are not affected.
"I have no intention, or wish to take 'responsibility', either as an individual, or as part of any collective with others, for any other individual. Nobody is holding anyone's nose and pouring drink down their neck, how much alcohol anyone consumes is entirely down to their own choices and own hand, and its long past time that instead of all this endless annoying nanny state crap, the Govt. cultivated and encouraged the almost lost art of personal responsibility instead."
less alcoholism means less of a strain on society.