Cabinet Climb Down on Alcohol Pricing leaves Cameron red-faced again
PLANS to bring in a minimum price for alcohol look set to be dropped after a Cabinet revolt.
The idea, which experts say could cut 2,000 drink-related deaths in a decade, ran into opposition from ministers including home secretary Theresa May (pictured), education secretary Michael Gove, Eric Pickles and Andrew Lansley. They have privately told David Cameron they are opposed to the plan, for England and Wales, after the drinks industry produced its own research suggesting it would have little effect on problem drinkers or crime – Reports The Metro
The Liberal Democrats have been proving once again that they have no conviction of their own party politics. First of all it was the Student Tuition fees, followed by a string of other policy blunders and gaffs and now The Mansion Tax that they have championed for years as their flagship policy, they won’t see through to the end because they don’t want to upset
their Masters The Conservatives.
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 8:57 AM
By Ian Dunt
Liberal Democrats will hold back from supporting a Labour motion for a mansion tax today, as they stand against a policy they have promoted for several years.
The party was put in an impossible position after Labour specifically designed an opposition day motion on the policy to cause a rift in the coalition.
The Lib Dems tried to get out of the sticky situation by deciding to vote for an amendment expressing support for the mansion tax but accepting the Tories do not.
“This amendment allows Liberal Democrats in parliament to back our long-held policy of the mansion tax,” Vince Cable said.