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The government has recently sidelined its proposals to introduce a minimum price per unit for alcohol. Will this make us drink less, or will it curb alcoholism?
Here’s what we think at DDW. An alcoholic will get a drink regardless of the cost. Those whose lives need escaping will just spend more of their wage package on booze, as it will now be more expensive. Those of us who drink responsibly will be punished for the indulgence of others.
Instead, the government needs to reduce taxation (even an O level student knows that high taxes and economic recovery has been historically useless), cut public spending by sacking two thirds of our of all our MPs, (all of our MEPs), reduce benefits that encourage people who can’t afford it to have more children and those that pay people not to work.
Then, take a sensible approach to immigration.
The extra money can then be spent on schools and hospitals, as well as proper care for the elderly.
Then we will get a bit happier and will drink less.