Surely it can only be spite and class prejudice that is driving the government proposals to increase the cost of alcohol to prohibitive levels. The government wishes to almost double the price of some alcoholic drinks to curb binge drinkers.
David Cameron of whom it has been suggested, was in his younger days, familiar with excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages and the behaviour of the infamous "Bullingdon Club", would not have had his drinking habits modified by expensive booze since clearly he's come from a well healed background.
The target of these proposals, is us the masses, the majority of whom have no alcohol problem and of course those who do have a drink problem, will do what they have to.
Like all politicians, the Conservatives adopt a patronising attitude, to the electorate that they know best, or perhaps they will be getting a big kick back from the brewers and supermarkets, who look to be about to receive windfall profits.
Maybe its an attempt to drive people into pubs, since much reference has been made to pre-loading (the practice or drinking cheap booze before going to the pub), I for one object to paying the same for a pint in a pub as I would for four from the supermarket.
I started drinking in my teens and would often do so responsibly with my fellow under age associates, in the pubs of Margate, Broadstairs, and Ramsgate, rarely having problems getting served and I note that some of those businesses have done well, so am inclined to think, little has changed since my day.
Still for normal people like me who go to work, have passed the stage of weekend binge drinking, the increase in booze, will be just a spiteful act of repressive class prejudice, from multi millionaires who run the Conservative party.
Instead of class bigotry, it would be sensible if other measures were taken, such as taxing local pubs and off licenses on the cost of dealing with drunks in the health service, or making drunks pay a fine when they show up at hospital.
Still every cloud has a silver lining, so on the plus side, it will be drinks all round for local entrepreneurs such as smugglers, along with drug dealers, who will probably see an upsurge in business, along with cross channel ferries who will also benefit, as will traders in France as Brits are once again forced to buy their booze abroad, and spend time in the unique uglyness of Calais.
Personally I cannot think of anything more civilised than having a drink at home with the family, and the availability of cheap booze has encouraged a lot of people, particularly men to spend hours at home rather than some pub which if anything are a malign influence many families.
Anyhoo if Liberal Democrats in the coalition go big, on this unnecessary bit of class warfare it will be unlikely that I will be renewing membership, these measures will only effect middle and low income earners, David Cameron and those of his ilk, will have continue to have the personal liberty to drink with no constraint, unlike most of us.