I’ve heard this bandied about, with no sense of what it means other than being a term of abuse used by those who should know better.
But maybe I have a variant of it.
After similar ideas were expressed in Scotland, Sir Liam Donaldson has suggested minimum prices for alcohol at 50p per unit. The government disagreed, saying it would
BBC news said under Sir Liam’s plan it would be £1 for a can or bottle of beer, and £4.50 for a bottle of wine. And this left me thinking, “Well that’s alright then.”
They went on to show a picture of a pub, with people drinking implying that it would hurt pub drinkers, and I was left thinking “How?” If anything this will help pubs compete with bargain drink from the supermarkets- as I can’t imagine any pub needing to raise prices to comply with this.
But this is where my guilt kicks in, because these measures would not affect me one bit. My only objection is in terms of price fixing and meddling in the markets.
I can’t comprehend the argument that this measure punishes anyone responsible, being it just takes out of the market extremely low quality booze, drunk more for the alcohol content than the taste.
I drink about 4 units of alcohol a week. I can’t remember when I last bought a cheep multi-pack of beer. I don’t remember buying alcoholic drink for the intoxicating effects rather than the flavour.
Am I a middle class snob? Or just someone with a sense of perspective, who’s sat down and done the sums? That probably depends on where you are coming from.
I do feel guilt at judging cheap booze that is enjoyed by so many as not worth keeping.