Conservative manifesto

After watching Monday nights Panorama about the growing effect that alcohol is having on all our lives. In the UK nearly 9,000 people are dying from alcohol-related diseases every year, three times the number 25 years ago. The UK is one of the heaviest alcohol-consuming countries in Europe. I searched for what the Conservative manifesto said about alcohol. It said that the Conservatives would “raise taxes on those drinks linked to anti-social drinking”. Does that mean the cheap alcohol sold in supermarkets? I haven’t noticed any of these taxes, despite the Chancellor of the Exchequer desperate for more cash. Is it another case of, like with News of the World, being a the pockets of the drinks industry – I think so. Not that New Labour were any different. When our politicians get millions in the form of donations to fund the political partys, the politicians will sing to their tune.

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