Thursday 8 December 2016

'Nanny state' politicians a much bigger problem for us than just enjoying a drink

Published 24/06/2015 | 02:30

'The idea that you can set minimum prices and so stop people drinking to excess is plain, absolute nonsense
'The idea that you can set minimum prices and so stop people drinking to excess is plain, absolute nonsense

The Irish don't have a problem with drink as much as they have a problem with politicians and special interest groups who want to regulate every aspect of their lives.

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The latest daft proposals, unveiled by Jerry Buttimer TD, chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Health & Children, advocate a €10 minimum price for a bottle of wine and trot out the old and tired cliché about the Irish and drink.

It is the crazy belief that politicians can 'regulate' the market that has got us to where we are today - a place where a minority have a dysfunctional relationship with alcohol.

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