Minimum Alcohol Pricing: Better England Free than England Sober

Libertarian Alliance  Contact Details: Dr Sean Gabb 07956 472 199, Friday 23rd March 2012 For immediate release


The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties institute, today condemns proposals to make it harder for poor people to buy alcohol . The proposals include higher taxes, compulsory minimum prices for drink, further controls on advertising, and power to close down retailers. The only disagreement between the three main parities is how far they wish to go.

Speaking today in London, Dr Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, comments:

“These measures, if adopted, amount to an attack on the poor. The ruling class politicians who continually whine about alcohol will not be affected by minimum pricing or the abolition of special offers. I might add that none of them can be affected by such laws. Income aside, anyone who lies his way into Parliament can look forward to round the clock drinking in the Palace of Westminster of untaxed alcohol.

“But the measures will hurt poor people, for whom alcohol will become cripplingly expensive and hard to find. They have the same right to drink as the rest of us. Bearing in mind the problems willed on them by our exploitative ruling class, they often have a greater need to drink.

“The claim that drinking ’causes’ public disorder is nonsense. Alcohol does not run about the streets. People do. If people are making nuisances of themselves, the police should be instructed to stop behaving like some equivalent of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and to start protecting life and property again.

“The claim that drinking makes people unhealthy is irrelevant, where not a lie. People must be regarded as responsible for their own mistakes. Anyone who bleats about increased cost to the National Health Service should consider that drinkers already pay more in taxes than the alleged cost of treating their specific illnesses.

“We oppose all controls on the availability of alcohol to adults. Better England free than England sober.”

The Libertarian Alliance believes:

* That all the licensing laws should be repealed; * That all controls on the marketing of alcohol should be repealed; * That alcohol taxes should be reduced to the same level as the lowest in the European Union, and that there should be no increase in other taxes; * That not a penny of the taxpayers’ money should be given to any organisation arguing against the above.


Note(s) to Editors
Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. He is the author of over a dozen books and a million words of journalism. He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at

His recent novel, The Churchill Memorandum , asks what England and the world have been like in 1959 if there had been no Second World War. If you like Bulldog Drummond and Biggles and the early James Bond, this will be right up your street.

Or his book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How to Get It Back , explains how its current ruling class has turned England into a totalitarian police state, and how this ruling class can be overthrown and utterly destroyed.

Or another of his books, Smoking, Class and the Legitimation of Power , explains how the current “war” on smoking has nothing to do with making individuals healthy, but everything to do with enhancing the power of a totalitarian ruling class, and enriching its relevant client groups.

You can see other books by Sean Gabb here .

Extended Contact Details
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6 responses to “Minimum Alcohol Pricing: Better England Free than England Sober

  1. I agree with the above, but is anyone listening? The MSM has swallowed the “health agenda” hook, line and sinker. I watch Sky News almost exclusively (the BBC is no good for my blood pressure), but they don’t even bother to try to find anyone to speak against the anti-booze agenda – we’re doomed I tell you. Prohibition here we come!

  2. James Halifax

    The EU has warned that it might be unlawful. It will be interesting to see how “supreme” European law is held to be when it goes against something the British government actually desire.

  3. At the risk of having everyone roll their eyes and go, “Oh ye gods, not Ian and his fucking Puritans again”, I’d just like to add that the dominant form of socialism-statism in the Anglosphere is that created by the resurgent puritanism of the Victorian era and…

    well, my usual schtick really. You know.

    *sits down, shuts up*

  4. Ian – But your analysis does grow on one!

    This being said, if you believe that leftist socialism has never been that important in the theft of our freedom, why do you get your knickers in such a twist whenever TK and KC come on site?

  5. Because after a revolution, there’s always the question of who will fill the vacuum :)

  6. Fair point. The government cuts are making life unbearable for working class people whilst at the same time denying them the right to escape the full horrors of Cameron’s Britian by resorting to alcoholic oblivion.