“Minimum pricing is so unjust because it targets the bottom of the market only,” commented Sam Bowman, Executive Director of the pro-free market Adam Smith Institute.
He explained: “Now, rich people cause problems when they drink; rich people spend more money on alcohol than poor people, and they actually drink more than poor people – but this policy does nothing to affect middle class and rich people.”
Karen Betts, SWA chief executive, said they “accept” the court decision in a statement, but also took time to highlight how it could damage their industry and exports.
“We will now look to the Scottish and UK governments to support the industry against the negative effects of trade barriers being raised in overseas markets that discriminate against Scotch Whisky as a consequence of minimum pricing, and to argue for fair competition on our behalf.
The bottom line is that the UK taxpayer is now going to have to subsidize the Scotch industry as a result of this government interference in people’s lives.
Whatever the government touches always goes pearshaped, a truism which never wavers.