- UK alcohol is now so dear that HMRC lose £800 million because of smuggling (government estimate).
- British beer tax accounts for 40% of the entire European beer tax bill, even though the UK accounts for only 13% of EU beer consumption (EU figures).
Mr Cameron: how about dealing with the economy and getting people back to work? Stopping the erosion of ordinary voters' spending power so they can put money into the economy? Plugging the loopholes whereby rich corporations and individuals collectively dodge £95,000 million tax every year?
No, when your policies are bankrupt, like the country you're supposed to be running, just go after the drinkers. That'll sort it out.