The coalition this week came out with a ""full, frank and unvarnished" assessment of the coalition's pledges". Included in the crime and policing part was this.
We have published a cross-government alcohol strategy and launched a consultation on the merits of key policies, including a 45p minimum unit price for alcohol and a range of measures to reduce burdens on business.Yes, they are still desperately trying to pretend minimum pricing is a public order issue despite over 90% of those calling for it being full-time professional public health finger-waggers with an eye on how to finance their next new car.
Firstly, minimum alcohol pricing was not in either of the Conservative or Lib Dem manifestos. Secondly, I can't remember, can you, it being a 'pledge' in the coalition agreement.
So how this can be seen as some sort of coalition triumph is baffling.
It's not an achievement, it is just more conclusive proof that the cabinet increasingly ignores societal happiness in favour of vested interest lobbyists and chasing those areas which contain people who are more likely to vote.
The poor have long since lost interest in politics simply because they are ignored wholesale. Minimum alcohol pricing is designed exclusively to punish the poor and proves that any talk of 'progressive' government is a pathetic sham.
This 'success' succinctly says that if you're not well off, none of the three main parties could give a flying fuck what you think. And they're boasting about it.