Minimum alcohol prices

Farrar and I both blogged yesterday on Labour’s policy to impose minimum prices on alcohol.

Overnight they started frantically backtracking from this policy claiming no decisions had been made about what level to set the price at.

But Lianne Dalziel (Labour’s alcohol spokesperson) has said on numerous occasions that the minimum price should be set at $2 a standard drink.

She said it here,  here, and here among other examples.

“And that’s why we must address price – there must be a minimum price – something like $2 per  standard drink.”

Now Labour is saying that’s not their policy… I wonder why?

Could it be because, for example, a stubby, or can, of a beer like Tui contains one standard drink

That’s a minimum of $24 a dozen under Labour’s policy, when it was going for $19 at the supermarket this morning.

Telling hardworking Kiwis that their beer and wine is going up was a disaster for Labour when Nordmeyer tried it, but what’s worse with Labour’s current policy, is that the Government doesn’t get the money – the alcohol industry keeps it.

Given the backsliding going on this morning, perhaps the geniuses in Labour have finally worked out that this policy will piss off a whole pile of blue collar Kiwis that they can’t afford to lose.

Epic policy fail.


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