What changes should be made to food policy?
Not 'Should we change food policy?' or 'Do we need to change food policy?', but 'What changes should be made?' In the world of sales, I believe that's known as the assumptive close.
The food question was swiftly followed by a booze question:
Should alcohol have a minimum price?
Which is more neutral, until you click on the link and it says:
Should 50p be minimum price for a unit of alcohol?
As opposed to 40p or 60p, presumably.
Thankfully, the public are not as keen on this idea as the Beeb and its fake charity buddies. Supporters of minimum pricing are outnumbered 10 to 1 in the comments. Naturally, a fair few cunts have offered their opinions as well, such as this bloke...
The fact is—people in the UK are incapable of doing what is good for themselves, it is up to the government to force through positive lifestyle changes. I agree with this one.
And this smug twat...
As much as I hate nanny state intervention on everything, I think this is probably a good idea.
There is something in British culture that makes us binge drink, which leads to fighting which leads to fear in the sober populous.
I won't change my drinking habbits though. I only drink the good stuff and not that industrial alcohol they advertise as 'reasuringly expensive'.
The second gentleman has fallen for the biggest con about this whole scheme—that minimum pricing will only affect the bottom end of the market. The reason minimum pricing is such an horrendous idea is not that it will make a four pack of Stella cost £4.60 or a bottle of whisky cost £14 (as it would with a 50p minimum). The problem is that, once implemented, every time a booze-related scare story appears in the papers, the course of least resistance will be to raise the minimum price.
Obscenely high though it is, the price of cigarettes is not actually set by the government. The massive tax rate on tobacco means the government has more impact on price that the manufacturers, of course, but there is still at least a theoretical distinction between tax and setting the price.
Giving the government the power to decide what constitutes an 'appropriate' price for a product is a whole new ball game. It is a policy suited only to authoritarian socialist regimes and represents a fundamental shift of power from the market to the state. And it's easy to imagine how that power would be used in the future. Let's for a moment speculate, shall we?
12 November 2012
Minimum alcohol price 'too low' say health groups
New figures from the Department of Health showing that alcohol misuse has not fallen as quickly as expected since 2010 has led to calls for a higher minimum price. The current rate of 50p a unit was described as "a joke" by Marian Fuckbucket of Alcohol Concern.
"Alcohol misuse costs the NHS £55 billion a year," said Ms Fuckbucket. "All the evidence shows that increasing the minimum price to 60p will save 4,592 lives a year in England alone. The government needs to show that it is taking this issue seriously."
Alcohol Concern described the 50p minimum as "a step in the right direction" when it was introduced two years ago but have since accused the government of complacency. Alcohol consumption has declined in recent years but is still higher than in several EU countries.
8 April 2014
75p minimum price would have saved tragic tot, say campaigners
The tragic death of Jason Child could have been prevented by tougher anti-alcohol measures, health campaigners said yesterday. The five year old was killed in a hit-and-run incident on Monday morning. The driver, Stuart Knob, 19, was three and a half times over the legal drink-drive limit.
"This tragic case is a damning indictment of the government's failure to address Britain's binge-boozing culture," said Dr Alan Gobshite of the Royal College of Physicians. "All the evidence shows that people like Mr Knob start drinking because of cheap alcohol in supermarkets, where cider can be bought for less than the price of a dozen eggs. It is shameful that we continue to sell alcohol at prices lower than in several Scandinavian countries."
A report released last week by the Royal College of Physicians showed that alcohol abuse was costing the country £120 billion a year and was responsible for 25% of all cancers. Dr Gobshite called on the government to raise the minimum price to 75p a unit, in line with the rate in Scotland. "Raising the minimum price from 60p to 75p will save 34,928 lives a year and would have little effect on responsible drinkers and those who, quite sensibly, don't drink at all," he said.
A recent report from the European Commission found that there is "no safe level of alcohol use" and estimated that passive drinking [PDF] costs EU member states over £500 billion a year.
5 July 2017
Minimum price escalator will save NHS billions, says Department of Health
Increasing the minimum price of alcohol by 10p a year will result in "the greatest improvement in public health for a generation" said Health Minister Caroline Vile yesterday. The controversial measure, opposed by the drinks industry, was passed into law with an overwhelming majority in the wake of the tragic case of Britney Alkie, whose death was shown live on television in January this year.
The current minimum price is 90p per unit and has not increased for over a year. The Department of Health says that raising the price to £1.20 by 2020 is the single most effective way of achieving the government's ambitious target of halving overall alcohol consumption within ten years.
Health groups have long campaigned for the change, citing evidence that it will save 53,967 lives and save the UK £214 billion. "We are delighted that the government has finally woken up to the havoc alcohol wreaks on society," said Lucy Mouthpiece, spokesperson for Alcohol Concern, the independent health charity.
"If we are going to continue to allow the sale of alcohol, the price must reflect the damage it causes," said Ms Mouthpiece. "While we welcome this move as a step in the right direction, the action must not stop here. There is much more the government needs to do to get this problem under control, starting with a crack-down on drink smuggling that has spiralled in recent years."
If you don't think any of this sounds remotely plausible, I have some magic beans I'd like to sell you. The slippery slope has already begun. You might recall that the original idea was to set the minimum price at 40p. This has since increased to 50p, and the public health bastards are already campaigning for it to rise to 60p.
This article is real:
Raising alcohol price to 60p a unit would save 900 lives a year—expert
ONE of Scotland's leading public health experts has called on the Scottish Government to set a minimum price for alcohol 50 per cent higher than is currently proposed.
Dr Emilia Crighton, the convener of the Faculty of Public Health in Scotland, claimed 900 lives a year would be saved in Scotland if the minimum price was 60p per unit.
And so is this:
Minimum alcohol price 'would cut binge drinking'
Alcohol should be priced at a minimum of 60p per unit to drive down binge drinking, public health experts said today.
Today, a survey of 205 public health experts for the UK Faculty of Public Health, found 87% were in support of introducing a law to set a minimum price for alcohol.
Almost six in 10 (59%) were in favour of raising the price to 60p per unit, while 35% thought 50p was appropriate and 5% thought 40p a unit was sufficient.
In September, the Scottish Government heard how it could save £950 million over 10 years through minimum pricing at 40p a unit.
The measure would reduce hospital admissions and deaths by 3,600 a year in Scotland alone.
If these fucks are calling for a higher unit price now, when the idea is in its infancy, what do you think they'll be demanding a few years down the road?
And at 60p, the idea that minimum pricing only affects plebs and alcoholics starts to look very shaky indeed. Here's the very least you'll be paying when these temperance bullies get their way:
1 bottle of Cobra beer (600ml): £1.98
4 pack of Stella Artois (500ml): £6.24
Bottle of 14% wine: £6.30
70cl whisky: £16.80
1 litre vodka: £22.50
Once brought in, the minimum price of alcohol will go up and up as sure as night follows day. As ever with these duplicitous, prohibitionist scum-fucks, there is no point trying to appease them. They've been given every opportunity to show good faith over the years and have responded with nothing but lie after systematic lie. How much you pay for your drink is between you and the brewery. The government, the quacks and Alcohol fucking Concern can keep their filthy, thieving hands off.