A tip from PJH by email gives this graphic. Oh, the Puritans will seize on the ‘ UK beer costs below the world average’ but there are an awful lot of countries below us.
Strong beer is not cheap in the UK. Look at the prices in your local supermarket. Compare, say, Duvel with a standard beer, and remember to take account of the bottle volume. Duvel comes in small bottles for a reason.
And yet in Ipswich (Hmm, I’ve heard of that town before somewhere. It’s where ‘normal for Norwich’ lives, I believe), off licences and supermarkets have agreed not to sell strong beer because ordinary plebs drink it.
Alkies don’t. Alkies drink cheap sherry which is stronger per unit cost than any beer.
The best part?
Under the voluntary scheme, 53 of the 130 off-licences in the town will be super-strength-free.
Fifty-three off-licences will die by their own hand. If there is a real problem with loads of people buying strong beers, and if those places don’t sell it, loads of customers will go elsewhere. For everything, not just for their Tennent’s Super fix. They will buy their tobacco and wine and vodka and whisky in the other shops too.
Eventually the Righteous 53 will cry ‘Unfair’ and the voluntary scheme will be compulsory. Then, shops outside Ipswich will see a boom in trade. Then the ‘voluntary’ scheme will spread faster than the imaginary disease it pretends to prevent…
It’s how the Righteous work. Remember Denmark’s fat tax? Didn’t work, everyone just did all their shopping over the border and Danish retail business suffered. So they scrapped it. The EU watched this closely and found a solution. An EU-wide fat tax, so you can’t drive over to Finland to escape it any more.
Those other EU countries can expect to see their tobacco prices belt skywards soon, to stop the Brits buying it on the cheap. They’ll blame the UK because they are dim.
What is happening in Ipswich will be spread by the mindless drones who support all forms of prohibition. They will claim it is about health but it’s not, not really.
It never was. None of it. Eventually, even the drones will notice but then it’ll be too late.