The Labour party just doesn’t know when to stop when it comes to killing people’s fun.
They were run out of office partly because of their nanny-statism. Now they are trying to take popular drinks out of the hands of people because they think they are bad…and because some, a small minority, are dickheads with their drinking.
Labour tables more amendments as Parliament prepares for final reading of contentious legislation
The Labour Party will make a last-ditch attempt to introduce strict limits on the sale of sweetened alcoholic drinks after the National-led Government backed down on its plan to ban high-strength alcopops.
MP Phil Goff has proposed changing alcohol laws to make it illegal to sell RTD (ready to drink) products with more than 5 per cent alcohol content or more than 1.5 standard drinks per bottle.
He said yesterday: “We’ve got a massive problem with teenage binge-drinking. And this stuff is so sweet that it masks the alcohol taste and people drink it like soft drinks. It’s marketed to look like soft drinks.”
He has tabled the amendment as Parliament prepares for the final reading of the bill, which could begin next week.
I don’t believe we have a massive problem with binge drinking at all. And changing the law will simply make them switch drinks, and the drinking will continue regardless.
What is amusing is that this is the second issue in two days, Fiji and now booze, that Phil Goff is making the running on. Is he trying to resurrect his leadership?