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  1. Time for a Manx Boston Tea Party?

    Nobody is proposing pricing alcohol beyond the reach of the majority. This is about making very nasty cheap booze more expensive. eg - this stuff currently costs about £3.50 for 3 litres. Nobody sensible is drinking it. It contains 22.5 units. Almost as much as a bottle of vodka. At a 50p / unit minimum price it would cost £11.25.
  2. Time for a Manx Boston Tea Party?

    It hasn't in Scotland.
  3. Time for a Manx Boston Tea Party?

    Unless they are surviving on cheap cider or mega packs of lager it's going to have no impact on them. Normal moderate drinkers are going to be unaffected by a minimum charge of 50p per unit. It means a bottle of wine will still cost under £5 minimum. A 4 pack of shit lager will still be about the same price. And if you really need cheap wine for de-glazing a pan or for a sauce then non-alcoholic wine works fine. As does left-over wine. It would potentially mean a very slight increase in the price of discount supermarket vodka. But how many bottles of discount vodka is a normal drinker seriously going to be consuming per year? None probably. I'm not arguing for or against. But the idea that this will impact the poor is silly.
  4. You're funny. But Woody does it better and I think he actually means it Your Mad Uncle Ronnie character was brilliant. You should bring that back.
  5. Time for a Manx Boston Tea Party?

    Is cheap Tesco vodka not 37.5 % abv? Wouldn't 70cl be £13.15? @ 50p per unit? Is the IOM regional price really only £10 currently?
  6. Time for a Manx Boston Tea Party?

    Arguing in favour of cheap cider is like arguing in favour of cheaper heroin.
  7. Time for a Manx Boston Tea Party?

    Maybe if they are fans of very cheap cider. A 50p / unit minimum is only going to impact the price of very cheap drink. Nasty cider and wine which you'd probably only want to cook with.
  8. Russian Spies

    FYI - spiked-online which you have linked to is run by the group formally known as the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutionary_Communist_Party_(UK,_1978)#RCP_and_later_organisations
  9. Explosion On London Underground Train

    Would your young self agree with your older self do you think? I know mine wouldn't. ETA: a thread in itself perhaps
  10. Explosion On London Underground Train

    Paul Simon must have hated touring with you. No wonder he had to break up the band. http://www.manxforums.com/forums/index.php?/topic/40720-paul-simpson/&do=findComment&comment=1256966
  11. Explosion On London Underground Train

    Some of the Tunisian places on the Boulevard de Belleville are actually Jewish. You'd have to look carefully to know. Side by side with Muslim shops and restaurants.
  12. Explosion On London Underground Train

    #metoo More or less a quorum I think
  13. Explosion On London Underground Train

    Some will be disappointed if there isn't any trouble then - given that trouble is how they get media attention for their otherwise fringe politics. And he normally seems quite good at finding trouble. He certainly isn't ignored by the, so called, " mainstream media " *. For example The Jewish Chronicle ran a few pieces on him recently. About his apparent attempts to create and manipulate tension between Jewish and Muslim communities. Jews who ally with Tommy Robinson are our own worst enemy - Do not be suckered by street thugs - Jewish Chronicle Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson holds secret meeting with Manchester Jews - Jewish Chronicle Let's be clear. The people who today are anti Muslim are from the same tradition of British fascism which was previously anti - Indian. Which before that was anti - black. And which before that was anti - Jewish. Muslims are just the latest target. * mainstream media is a meaningless pejorative outside of internet conspiracy circles