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After several years of either duty freezes or minimal increases, this will be a real kick in the teeth for consumers, especially at a time when the price of pretty much everything else they buy in the shops is rocketing too. Tom Utley certainly wasn’t impressed. And, as usual, smokers, who typically are less well-off than the average person, have been clobbered by an above-inflation increase.
The wine lobby are understandably aggrieved that the changes will lead to the duty on a typical bottle increasing by as much as 45p, although in fact, while one might quibble about the ahsolute level of duty, a move to taxing wine by alcoholic strength rather than at a flat rate is long overdue.
Can't remember when I was last in a pub. Andy or Ian can do that for me.
I'm afraid I'm no help here - I last went into a pub about two years ago when visiting an old friend. They don't have much appeal for me now and I haven't drunk wine for some time. I still like a drink, but health issues/expense have made me cut back. I used to be an avid home brewer, but gave away my old quart, screw-top bottles many years ago, so stick to making a drop of cider these days (even though I don't really like it - memories of scrumpy from the 60s)ReplyDelete
JH: I go through phases with the scrumpy ... sometimes nice, sometimes don't want. Yep ... health with age is a large part of it.Delete