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01-04-2012, 14:21
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Not surprisingly, the poll on minimum alcohol pricing resulted in a large majority against, with 80% of respondents opposing the plan. I wonder whether the 11 who voted “Yes” fell into the category of CAMRA members who believe hiking the price of multipacks of Stella in Tesco will somehow bring drinkers flooding back into pubs.

As Dick Puddlecote reports (http://dickpuddlecote.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/40p-minimum-price-far-too-cheap-already.html), no sooner had the government announced their plans than the bansturbators were out in force demanding that the minimum price be substantially raised.

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There’s an e-petition opposing minimum pricing (http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/31885) on the government website. I actually know someone called Chris Ward, but I don’t know whether it’s him. So far sign-ups have been slow, but it’s early days yet. With my rudimentary MS Paint skills, I’ve designed a crappy little icon to promote it which can be seen in the left-hand sidebar. If you can do better, go ahead. E-mail me if you would like the code to put this on your blog or website.

Coincidentally, April’s Opening Times column (http://curmudgeoncolumns.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/april-2012.html) – submitted well before the government announcement – is on the subject of minimum pricing. I wasn’t tipped off by a mole, honest. Have a read and leave a comment.

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