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A brief observation on minimum prices for alcohol

Doubtless there is much vituperation going on elsewhere, but for now note this:

"Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that he did not want to penalise "moderate" drinkers. Speaking at a press conference at 10 Downing Street on Monday he said: "We don't want the responsible, sensible majority of moderate drinkers to have to pay more or suffer as a result of the excesses of a minority."

And this:

Budget 2008: "Beer duty to increase by 4p per pint, wine up 14p a bottle, cider up 3p a bottle and spirits up 55p a bottle".

And this:

Budget 2007
: "Beer up 1p per pint from midnight on Sunday, cider up 1p per litre. Wine up 5p a bottle and sparkling wine up 7p. No change for spirits".

Budget 2006: "Duties on beer and wine will increase in line with inflation, adding 1 penny to a pint of beer and 4 pence to a standard 75 centilitre bottle of wine; and duty on sparkling wine and cider will be frozen".

So, good news then - clearly there will be no changes to drinks duties in the next Budget. Will there?

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