They say that the following should happen:
Cutting taxes on lower-alcohol drinks such as beer and raising taxes on “problem drinks like high-strength ciders and alcopops”. The aim is to “use the tax system to target binge drinking, whilst ensuring that responsible drinkers and the traditional British pub are not unfairly penalised”
• Enforcing existing laws to deal firmly with irresponsible drinkers and premises
• Trusting adults to make informed choices, not punish them for the actions of an irresponsible minority
• Supporting the British pub as a vital part of local communities
Now pour me a WKD and tell me I'm not dreaming. Isn't this what the bloody Government should be saying instead of continually undermining our pubs? Who amongst my reader (bless him) thinks this is wrong? Instead this stupid government continues by default to support home drinking while pubs struggle. It encourages uncontrolled drinking by contributing to making controlled drinking more expensive than it otherwise would be. It has a minister responsible for pubs that freely confesses he never goes in one.
An out of touch government or what? Time for a change? A change of policy certainly. A change of government? That's up to you. Rant over.
The Morning Advertiser has a nice article on this subject here.