I do fully understand their worries about binge drinking, policing problems and the ‘state’ of the nation but I can’t help but agree with one lady who was interviewed for BBC Newsbeat, who felt that if people were determined to drink, a couple more pounds wouldn’t put them off and putting prices up would only punish sensible drinkers.
Still, I can’t help but feel a little suspicious about the reasoning behind the MP’s argument for increasing alcohol prices. One of the results of this credit crunch is that people are staying at home rather than eating out and partying, and the hospitality industry is suffering as a result. I can’t help thinking that these calls by the MP’s are in reality a way to force people out to spend money again.
Do you think I’m being too cynical? Do you think the MP’s really have best intentions at heart? I really don’t know and I’d love to know what you think.