Former Swansea barmaid, Health
Just what our struggling breweries, pubs and cidermakers need - an increase in price applied to our beers and ciders that are made in Wales. How will that allow our producers to compete on an equal basis with English and Scottish products? It won't.
Hart told the Welsh Assembly in a written statment: “The Welsh Assembly Government has worked very hard to tackle alcohol misuse using all the means at its disposal and will continue to do so. But it is important that we do not ignore the evidence that making alcohol a little less affordable has the potential to significantly reduce the blight of alcohol misuse on our society and I am very clear that if we do not see the action we want at UK level very soon, then the time will come when we seek more powers to act ourselves."
So you wish to raise taxes again? Listen Edwina your party has bankrupted this country and closed more than 10,000 pubs, yet at the same time allowed our City Centres to become no-go areas at night due to the profusion of superpubs. And then you blame it on the cost of alcohol.
According to the Office of National Statistics:
Between 1980 and 2008, the price of alcohol increased by 283.3%. After considering inflation (at 21.3%), alcohol prices increased by 19.3% over the period.
For the truth about alcohol check out the Devils Kitchen Knife here rather than the lies, half truths and delusions put out by the Welsh Assembly Government and the health stasi BMA.
So if you wish to be taxed more Vote labour on Thursday.