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Felix | Reasons to be Scottish

The Scots have recognised the benefits of minimum alcohol pricing – 
and it’s time the English did too, says Felix

18 June 2012

In the current debate over a referendum on the future of Scotland’s place in the United Kingdom, and with Alex Salmond having nabbed the ‘Yes’ title for the devolution campaign, I have just been appraised of a really good reason for being Scottish and independent. This even overlooks the apparent necessity that all Scottish nationalists appear to have to be named after fish (Alex, of course, then there is Nicola Sturgeon the deputy). All of that can be overlooked for the one fact that last month the Scottish parliament passed the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) Bill.

Representatives of the British Society of Gastroenterology wrote to The Independent in praise of this landmark development and reminded the paper’s readers of the significant benefits of minimum alcohol pricing. There is now a 50p minimum unit price – and it is anticipated by the BSG (I assume it is known as that for short) that based on modelling by the ...

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