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HELP THE GOVERNMENT. DRINK MORE ALCOHOL.

Updated on March 29, 2012

COOL BRITANNIA NO LONGER

To the dismay of many, the current British Government is failing the people at almost every turn. Lack of strong and positive leadership almost across the board screams out daily as Minister after Minister blunders along, seemingly making up policies on the hoof. What a wonderful thing is Democracy ! We all know it is the most inefficient form of Government but espouse it because the alternatives are so unacceptable. However, our current mix of apparent misfits are testing resolve to the limit.

I never espoused the idea of "COOL BRITANNIA ", so loved by the previous administration, as it seemed to me just pandering to a low common denominator in our make up. Now however we seem to be rushing headlong to a new status according to our Government and "FOOL BRITANNIA" seems a more likely catchphrase to encompass current trends.

The British have always had a problem with alcohol. In this we are no different to many other nations but recent decades have seen the problem highlighted as a culture of so called binge drinking ,especially by the young has escalated and been given the oxygen of publicity by countless T V documentary and so called reality shows. This is a modern phenomena, but no different in concerning manner to previous generations for whom ,for example, the spirit Gin became known as Mother"s Ruin" A different age, a different consumer, but still highlighting that alcohol will always be a problem for society in some form or other.

I have no intention here in seeking to examine causes etc for they are already well documented. Neither do I seek to offer a solution to the current difficulties we see all too readily caused by alcohol abuse, as we now term it.. My focus here is on the half baked idea our great minds in Government have espoused as the way to deal with the problem. Put simply, the great idea is to push up prices and hey presto, people will drink less. Oh no they will not ! I begin to wonder if any of our great leaders, cushioned as they are with Oxbridge degrees, have a single ounce of common sense or ever listened to a single word of History. Mind you, in our family we have with us a PhD who proves daily that intelligence in a single area is no guarantee of common sense in the mechanics of living. Maybe a future Minister !

Our revered leaders have determined that no sale of an alcoholic unit shall be set at no less than 40p.This apparently will stop the sale of cheap cider , for example, to minors and young people and ensure that our parks at night and our City Centres at weekends are again made wholesome places. This, they want us to accept is for real. Amazingly, the Great British public appear not to agree.

LESS IS NOT NECESSARILY MORE.

OUR BRAVE LEADERS TELL US THAT THE NEW MEASURE {NO PUN INTENDED }, WILL NOT ONLY SOLVE THE IMMEDIATE PROBLEM BUT WILL SAVE ALL TAX PAYERS IN THE FUTURE BY LESSENING THE NUMBER OF ALCOHOL RELATED DISEASES REQUIRING OFTEN EXPENSIVE TREATMENT BY OUR NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE.

If only that were true we would all gladly support it, but History teaches us that the premise is flawed and that far from saving money it will end up causing greater expenditure in the future. But HEY! The future is not what this barren leadership thinks about. They think only of themselves and their current problems of economic natures. Thus, raise the unit cost, the people will still carry on drinking {at least they got that right from History} thus, the Supermarkets, who are the supposed target outlets will get more for what they sell and thus pay more Tax to the Government. If it was not so facile it would be genius !

History shows us that where an obstacle is placed in the path of humans, minds are put to finding ways to overcome the situation. One man"s problem is an opportunity for another. Prohibition in the 1930"s in the USA failed because of this, as gangsters and bootleggers took the manufacturing and retailing processes underground until finally it had to revoke the measure.

If that alone is not enough to discredit this new policy, then consider the current position on Drug abuse here. A recent Hub of mine asked whether it was now time, in the face of current problems, to legalise drugs and take control away from the so called Barons and their pathetic little dealers of misery.It seems to me that current measures on alcohol will revitalise the illegal manufacture of drinks and furtive retailing that will thus end up with less being sold through registered outlets but at least the same, if not even more being consumed. Worse than that much that will be offered in the times to come will not be subject to proper standards. Whilst in Egypt, we purchased a bottle of so called Gin . It was so foul it was binned but no doubt it had the advertised alcoholic content. The same , I understand obtains here with already, sales of contraband vodka, gin, whisky etc, manufactured with what ,and from where no one knows, being sold weekly at Boot Sales etc up and down the country. Thus, NO revenue at all to Government and even greater risk to the consumers that could lead to further expense for the NHS.

THE ABOVE IS BASIC PRIMARY SCHOOL LOGIC AND IT THUS DEFEATS ME AS TO WHY OUR GREAT POLITICAL BRAINS CANNOT SEE IT. PERSONNALLY I WOULD BE CONTENT TO PAY MORE FOR ALCOHOL IF I WERE CONVINCED IT WOULD BENEFIT THE NHS AND NOT THE SORT OF SHADOWS IN THE DARKNESS WHO ARE SET TO BENEFIT FROM CURRENT THINKING.

As indicated at the start of this Hub, I offer no solution, but then I am not a Minister, nor Researcher even, but I can see flaws in the arguments currently put forward to support this facile move. Talking of Researchers, I wonder if there has been significant work done and investment made in seeking to find ways that could negate or reduce affects of alcohol on the human liver. Maybe, to the informed that may be a fatuous suggestion and if so I unreservedly apologize here and now, but I know that when current Government policy is seen to have failed there will be no Ministers coming forward to apologize for their mistake. First rule of Politics, "never apologise" that alone marks them as unfit but then again, the alternatives are even worse.

We are indeed truly a nation that drinks to forget. Current problem is that too many who drink too much have never known. or have long since forgotten, what it was they were drinking to forget !

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