It may be beer is best

New Cavaliers Given our Glorious leaders recent warming up of an oft mooted idea to introduce Alchohol price fixing I thought I’d revisit a bunch of articles I’ve had sat open for months now, after of course first observing that such price fixing is verbotten by his masters in the EU as numerous bloggers have observed every time the idea is returned to. They’ll just have to resort to increasing tax (already about a third of the cost of a pint) and ever more dire warnings on bottles as they did for smokers. This re-use of the same tactics is something that other commentators have mentioned time and time again, and every time it gets mentioned the list of places where the same processes can be seen grows longer. If any of this was really for health reasons they’d just ban things out right, rather than forcing simple pleasures (like meat) out of the reach of the 99%*. The way that it’s not just what we imbibe or inhale that gets clamped down on but all manner of expression of free thinking association and fun does rather suggest that the state has once more got a bad case of the puritans.

Sticking mainly to beer and drinking which is a subject close to my heart and even closer to my liver, I’ll observe as many other have the way the age limits in supermarkets has crept up? Remember you can legally buy your own booze at 18 but supermarkets now ant you to be 21 or 25 (has anyone seen higher?). Pubs reportedly now balk at selling a drink to people accompanied by children. Even that CAB article I linked to claims you have to be over 14 to have a drink with a meal, which is odd as I’m sure that I had the odd small drink when out at the restaurant with my family at a far more tender age. Has my memory failed me with advancing years, or has that law been changed quietly whilst I wasn’t looking?

That’s the problem really so many of these changes that whittle away at merry England are done on advice or un-remarked changes to minor regulations. Look at the salami slicing that resulted in smoking being banned almost everywhere and they’re working on the few remaining places. Of course given we spend almost £60,000 on booze in a lifetime that’s a fair chunk of tax they want to keep. So get yourself a home brew kit (works out at about 50p a pint after initial costs or less – even with start up costs it’s only £1.50 a pint) and break out the speak easy signs. If we’re making our own booze (and tobacco) that’s less tax they’ll have to stop us enjoying other things, and they’ll be happy as their figures will show fewer people drinking and smoking. At least until they notice and try to work out how to stop us making our own fun, which judging by human history to date would be a task more futile than King Cnuts.

Perhaps 2012 may be the year for the rise of the New Cavaliers, the outfits are better and it’s more fun than puritanism. Save money, fight the state and have fun all from the comfort of a warm seat and a foaming brew. Being as self sufficient as you can has become a radical act, it deprives the state of revenue, and weakens their control on us. Mind be careful if you swap your own brew with friends as the taxman wants his share from barter as well. So answer the call to arms for New Cavaliers, drink up in the struggle against Islamism and consider it may be beer is best.

* Sorry couldn’t resist that.

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4 Responses to It may be beer is best

  1. Pandora Piquet says:

    Supermarkets these days are part of the “Think 25” which used to be “Think 21” This is for all age restricted things…The basic premiss is that if someone is buying (or trying to buy) an age restricted item (which includes party poppers, & yes they should ask for proof of age) & doesn’t look over 25 then they will be challenged to prove they are old enough to buy whatever it is they want to buy. The age limit to buy booze in the supermarkets is still 18 & if you can prove you’re over the legal drinking age then they should sell it to you.
    As for the being allowed a drink with a meal in a restaurant: This is a very grey area, the law states that children are not allowed to drink in the bar (an area solely for the purchase & consumption of booze) So if the restaurant is not in the bar area they should be allowed. There is no law against these same children drinking booze outside in the beer garden, though it’s illegal to knowingly buy them booze (work that one out if you can)

    • Giolla says:

      The thing is I’d not have a problem with them just saying “we may ask you to prove your age” the way the age you need to look creeps up feeds into the common perception of the age at which you can buy these things. Also whilst they should sell it to you, they can be reluctant, especially newer/younger till staff – which kind of suggests they’re more aware of the age on those signs than the law.

      Yep never been allowed to drink in the bar, but restaurants and beer gardens etc were/are a different matter. The knowingly buy booze is easy dad buys a beer, kid with lemonade goes “can I have a beer dad can I , can I….” dad gives them beer to shut them up and go gets himself another. The first beer was bought for him just the kid got it :)

      Not that I speak from expereince on that…honest – normally I ended up with a (proper) shandy when my dad topped up the lemonade with his beer.

      • Pandora Piquet says:

        *The knowingly buy booze is easy dad buys a beer, kid with lemonade goes “can I have a beer dad can I , can I….” dad gives them beer to shut them up and go gets himself another. The first beer was bought for him just the kid got it :)

        Seriously speaking if dad is caught doing that he’s still liable to prosecution because once he’s got himself another beer the law sees it as he purchased a beer for his kid & the proof is the 2 beers on the table. Yes I know we’ve all done it & mostly a blind eye is turned but…

        • Giolla says:

          Did it used to be a blind eye or has the law changed? ‘Cos again I’m sure we got the odd drop of wine in restaurants brought to us by the waiters so … But gain that may just have been common sense being applied