Friday, March 13, 2009

It isn't just the Buckfast Loyal who'll suffer...

The Scotch Whisky Association has called on ministers to drop the controversial plans because they would act as a barrier to trade and undermine the export market, which is worth around £3billion a year.

The association claimed the move would have damaging consequences for whisky at home and abroad by encouraging discriminatory restrictions which would be justified on the basis of Scotland’s own violation of international rules.

Chief executive Gavin Hewitt said: “We agree that attitudes to alcohol in Scotland need to change – but minimum pricing is not the answer.

“It is hard to believe any Scottish government would bring forward proposals that are likely to be both illegal in international trade law and risk damaging the whisky industry”

The SNP certainly need to get it sorted out one way or the other May.

1 comment:

DG said...

What really strikes me about the SNP is that they are not only amateurish, but completely thoughtless.

Now, before making such a proposal, surely the obvious thing to do would be to consult widely, discuss the legal effects of such a move - indeed, whether it was legal at all, with advisers and officials. The same goes for other abandoned SNP policies. Scraping together something on the back of an envelope which sounds like a good idea does not a respectable policy make.