Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 10:36 AM
"Alcohol consumption has little to do with price, but everything to do with fashion and culture. If the SNP really wants to cut alcohol abuse, it should make alcohol unfashionable. It could start by banning the sale and consumption in all public buildings (including Holyrood). SNP ministers should refuse to attend conferences or public events at which alcohol is served. Once the government has led others will follow."
In fact, why not go further and shun alcohol entirely if you're so serious about penalising every Scot in pursuit of that ego-boosting pat on the back from the health lobby, eh Nicola?
Make a bold statement by implementing an alcohol free policy for all SNP elected representatives, local and national, publicly and privately. Let's see you courageously leading by example. I'm sure the lobby fodder queueing up to back this proposed infantilisation of the Scottish public will welcome the opportunity if it is presented, as would all scattered ScotNat councillors.
Remember, "there's no such thing as a safe level of alcohol consumption", according to 'experts'.
Or are you quite comfortable pronouncing from your ivory tower, safe in the knowledge that the extra costs inflicted on unfortunate Scottish proles will never affect even the heaviest drinker in your Holyrood bubble?
William Wallace would be so proud.