The decision by Labour, revealed in DARK LOCHNAGAR four weeks ago, means that the party will now join with Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats to vote down the minority Scottish government’s bid to introduce the controversial measure, aimed at curbing supermarket sales of drinks such as cheap lager and cider. However, Labour’s move brought condemnation from the British Medical Association in Scotland which said it was “confounded” by the party’s attitude. Alcohol Focus Scotland, the campaigning group, said the rejection by Labour of minimum pricing was “a major blow which could set back attempts to make a positive change to Scotland’s drinking culture”.
Stephen House, Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police, also implicitly attacked Labour, saying that introducing a minimum price for alcohol could play a substantial role in driving down crime and violence across Scotland and was the right thing to do. Mr House said: “Pricing does have an impact on consumption. The past few years have seen more and more people buy their alcohol from supermarkets and off licences. The reason for this is quite clear — it is cheaper. “My officers see the devastation caused by cheap, strong alcohol each and every day. They see people left shattered by violence, towns and cities blighted by fear and young people making foolish, drink-fuelled choices that will change their lives forever. Our jails, prisons and hospital wards are testament to this and it is time for it to change".
I'VE GOT A SIMPLE SOLUTION. Ban Supermarkets from selling booze and bring back the old offi's. No-one's trying to stop the guy who likes a few cans or a bottle of wine or even a wee voddy now and again.
After all, THERE WAS ALWAYS CHANGE AT AGNEWS!