Disappointed but not surprised

I WAS disappointed, if unsurprised, to see Labour arguing against minimum pricing of alcohol on the grounds that it is a ‘stealth tax’.

They must have a short memory, given that during Labour’s stint in government they hit us with an unprecedented number of new stealth taxes – according to one analysis done by economists, over 150 of them.

A minimum price per unit of alcohol is not a ‘stealth tax’. It is a transparent, easy to understand measure that is absolutely not designed to hit responsible drinkers – it is about encouraging responsible drinking.

At present, some supermarket ‘2 for 1’ offers mean that alcoholic drinks can cost less than bottled water.

Minimum pricing will mostly affect teenagers who buy cheap alcohol which can lead to irresponsible behaviour as well as harm their bodies.


Northumberland County Council

Executive Member for Health & Public Protection