I just wanted to remind my reader who thinks that regulation is a good thing that this is just another case where the incumbent gets a nice fat competitive advantage for already being in the game. Plus they get to up profits in exchange.
And MummyLongLegs highlighted another particularly egregious outcome:
Where this plan is very clever is that some people out there still go to pubs. However, if minimum pricing is introduced that will stop, simply because it is more expensive to go to the pub before you have even bought a drink. Taxi's and babysitters can put between £20 and £40 on a night out before you have even left the house. Ramp up the price of a pint or a glass of vino and it just won't be worth the cost. So even more people will flock to Tesco. Bingo. Huge profits and and increase in customers, almost a captive audience in fact. Tesco will have achieved where the smoking ban failed.
Hurrah for that health-benefiting regulation! Hurrah!
Regulation: it never achieves the benefits you want, it always benefits the incumbent(s) and it always has side-effects you never wanted or intended.
So far, this government has talked a load of warm fuzzy things, but the first thing they're rushing to implement is yet another "fuck the taxpayer in the arse without lubrication" measure.
Utter wankstain cunts.
PS I've got a nice shiny fiver here that says the HoP bars will be exempt from this. Watch and see.