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Postby TheBeerNut » Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:54 pm

I'd seen various comments from Leo Varadkar over the years about minimum pricing and restricting access to alcohol: the usual neoprohibitionist rhetoric. His remarks at the launch of the new National Drugs Strategy on Monday show that he's going to be all-out with this political catnip now he's in charge:

An Taoiseach wrote:We need to face up to that as a society. The solution is not prohibition. The solution is denormalisation, making sure that alcohol is no longer treated as a normal grocery, something that you buy in a shop as if it were like buying fruit or buying a pizza. It’s not. It is a drug. Prohibition won’t work. But we must make it less normal
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We've been saying that denormalisation has been the neopro's strategy since the beginning, but it's still a bit chilling to see it set out like this.

They won't be happy with the advertising ban, structural separation and minimum pricing either, mind.
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Postby andrew » Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:32 pm

I'll have a chat with him about it next time I see him in The Headline...
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Postby TheBeerNut » Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:43 pm

I knew you could get this sorted for us.
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Postby andrew » Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:18 pm

I think he's heading down later for a pint of the Cloudwater/Brewdog collab.
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Postby TheBeerNut » Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:33 pm

I didn't think the Taoiseach's job was that well paid.
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Postby andrew » Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:53 pm

Apparently it's a claimable expense.
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Postby Tube » Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:28 pm

Saw it in the news yesterday. Very disappointing, regressive even.

In Utah at the moment, an infamously conservative state, but things here are moving in the opposite, progressive direction. And that's without mentioning taprooms (currently around 25 in the city area alone).

I think it's time Leo took a trip to the US to see how grown-ups do things.
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