50p Pints Forever!
After 9k fees Cameron et al are keeping the students on side with this one
Most students will be, at best, apathetic to this weeks Budget. But one proposal has caught The Tab’s eye: A minimum price-per-unit on Alcohol. Fortunately for all of us here in Southampton, Cameron is not trying to snatch our snakebites!
Point 2.10 in the government’s strategy document states:
We do not currently intend to apply this ban to the on-trade (pubs, bars, restaurants etc.) as this is already a more controlled and regulated drinking environment.
Controlled and regulated aren’t two words often used to describe Bevois Valley but they do mean Monday Madness and So:Crazy are safe for now.
The new measure has been brought in to combat binge drinking and is aimed at supermarkets offering “loss-leading” multibuy deals such as 3 crates for £20 or 3 bottles of wine for a tenner. The British Retail Consortium called it a “tax on responsible drinkers” As students, we don’t really fit that bracket. It will affect our shop bought pre-drinks but that may well stop so many nights finishing with a friendly ejection from Jesters at 10:30.