We come 8th in the world for alcohol consumption – behind, amongst others, Germany and Ireland.
Given that drinking happens to be my hobby as well as our national sport, I think this is an appalling performance that we must improve upon. The SNP take the opposite view and are intent on introducing measures to curtail our consumption.
It’s not clear whether their plans to impose minimum prices are even legal. Anyway, if passed we are informed this would, for example, raise the price of an average bottle of blended whisky to £11.20 – raising the prospect that Carlisle will become the new Calais as Scots head south of the border to stock up on cheaper booze.