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06-03-2012, 18:29
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I seem to have annoyed a few people by suggesting that the prospects of persuading George Osborne that scrapping the planned beer duty rise in the coming Budget were approximately zero. Which, of course, they are.

But that doesn’t mean that the current ever-escalating beer duty regime isn’t a thoroughly bad thing. Which, of course, it is, as explained passionately but somewhat unarithmetically (http://petebrown.blogspot.com/2012/03/why-beer-duty-numbers-just-dont-add-up.html) by Pete Brown.

So please sign the petition (http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/29664) which I have linked to on the left. If you’d like the HTML for the sidebar widget, send me an e-mail. It won’t happen this year, but one day it will.

As will the repeal of the smoking ban, so sign that one too, if you haven’t already.

If you believe something is wrong, go on and on and on about it, even if the prospects of immediate success are zero. In the words of former US President John Quincy Adams, “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”

You may lose the argument for a hundred years, but one day your descendents will win.

The sad thing is that a wide range of arguments that seemed to have been won in 1967 now appear to have been lost again. See this brilliant post (http://theviewfromcullingworth.blogspot.com/2012/03/entering-age-of-disapproval.html) by Simon Cooke.

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