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Wednesday 28th November 2012 | 13:49
UKIP press release
Paul Nuttall MEP, the UKIP deputy leader responded to today's Government anouncement on the minimum pricing.
"Minimum pricing for alcohol will hurt sensible drinkers and do nothing to curb binge drinking and resultant health problems, said MEP Paul Nuttall today." he said.
"Imposing a minimum 45 p per unit will be a blow for the majority of moderate drinkers in this country who just like a quiet drink at home. But it will not tackle the problem it is designed to solve.
"And I find it bizarre that David Cameron, who generally falls over backwards to do as our masters in Brussels demand, is ploughing on with this scheme despite it being illegal under EU laws," said Mr Nuttall.
"What they are doing is imposing their will on us in the name of it being in our best interests, which invariably means less freedom and higher costs.
"I am all in favour of ending loss-leader discounting in supermarkets and off licences which has played a significant role in the downfall of our pub industry and it would be nice to think it might mean more people going back to them.
"But those who just like to have a glass of wine or two with their meal or a couple of cans of lager while putting their feet up this will hit hard. Everyone has to count their pennies these days," he said.
"As always It is the law abiding sensible majority that pays for all the ill thought out government schemes. A ten week public consultation is being launched today over the minimum pricing proposal but we all know that 'public consultations' are just politically correct box ticking exercises.
"Yes, we have a binge drinking problem, mainly involving young people, but minimum pricing will not solve it," said Mr Nuttall.