announced more plans to 'save' Scotland from itself by more nanny like meddling. Hot on the heels of the new licensing laws they have announced plans for legislation that will set a minimum price for alcoholic drinks.
There is no doubt that Scotland has a huge problem with booze. It's no secret that we like a small refreshment. But 'taxing' the problem will not make it go away. Countless awareness and educational campaigns spouting the evils of the demon drink have had limited, if any, success.
So the last chance saloon, (pardon the pun), is to hit everyone in the pocket.
The public relations campaign has been underway for sometime and support for the initiative has came from the brewers. Of course they support it. Their profits will increase as they will not be at the mercy of the supermarket buyers who constantly demand more and more special offers. Anybody who thinks that supermarkets pay for the promotions themselves as a 'loss leader' is living in cloud cuckoo land. The suppliers pay for everything. So it is only natural that the suppliers will support anything that will increase their bottom line.
Of course, the medical profession have also backed the idea.
I very much doubt that minimum pricing will have any effect anyway. Many will start to brew their own beer and others will search for another vice to help them through their tedious life.
So, what's next from Nanny? We've had the smoking ban and the new licensing laws. Constant campaigns to encourage us to eat our 5 a day, exercise more, stop beating the wife and kids etc etc bombard us every day.
And where is the money going that will be raised and what will it be spent on?
And for those of you south of the border, give it a couple of years and you'll have it as well. After all, we are the testing ground.