Cam thinks you can get “tins” of Stella for 25p


by Sunny Hundal    
4:51 pm - August 12th 2010

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The Manchester Evening News today quoted David Cameron as saying:

I think if what you’re trying to do is stop supermarkets from selling 20 tins of Stella for a fiver that’s what we’ve got to go after.

Where I want to try and help is ending the deep discounting on alcohol

The newspaper reported he was “very supportive” of plans to create a by-law that would make it illegal for pubs and shops to sell alcohol for less than 50p per unit within their boundaries.

20 tins of Stella for a fiver?? In the UK?

Channel 4′s Factcheck does some digging:

According to price comparison website mySupermaket, Tesco and Ocado offer the cheapest price right now on 20 cans of Stella. A pack of the 5.2 per cent strength lager would set you back £15 – three times what Cameron suggested.

But what about all those cut-price promotions? We asked the five biggest UK supermarket chains just how cheaply they’ve sold Stella Artois. So far, no one we spoke to could remember flogging cans for 25p each – the bargain Cameron claimed to have spotted.

Using bad statistics to promote their policies? Where have we seen that before?

In fact, with Home secretary Theresa May massaging alcohol-related crime figures to call for an end to “24 hour cafe drinking culture”.

Is Cameron’s team under the influence?

Update: Political Scrapbook has mocked this up

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By setting his benchmark so low it means that they can never fail. Pathetic really.

What a hypocritical shit. Is he finally going to apologise for smashing up restaurants – with his Bullingdon pals – whilst pissed on champagne and high on coke when at Oxford? Or is yobbery exclusive to the lower orders?

I’d love to get 20 stella for £5, shit man I can barely get a decent red for that anymore.

for crying out loud, Sunny. The same Factcheck article goes on to say that supermarket own-brand lagers can be bought at this price. All he did was get the brand wrong.

Sheesh.

Call me Dave “Where I want to try and help is ending the deep discounting on alcohol”

Another so called free market supporter changes his mind.

@3

Yeah, but he’s going on about “strong lager” and using Stella as an example (naturally, as it is the most famous of the stronger brands) – it’s plain wrong to say you can get 20 tins for a fiver.

27.7p

18 pack of Stella at £9.99. But one get one free.

Local Tesco was doing it fairly recently. So he’s out by tuppence. I hate the idea of minimum pricing, but seriously, get out of the London bubble, this sort of thing goes on in supermarkets all the time, it just doesn’t look like it’s going on all the time.

Pubs aren’t just struggling because of the beer tie and the smoking ban y’know. Industry press has been all over this sort of thing for years.

Like anyone in Labour or who works at Channel 4 knows how much a tin of Stella costs.

It’s not Stella you should be worrying about: it’s White Star, and Special Brew, ffs.

4. I thought you’d be delighted at a Tory proving he isn’t a free-market loony. No, just another opportunity for a drivelly attack.

Oh, and don’t bother calling me a brownshirt or a troll, dear, we’ve heard it all before.

I’m confused. Is this just an attack on Cameron’s reasoning (which is wrong) for advocating minimum pricing, or the policy itself (which is wrong)?

You can probably guess my position.

Seriously, this is the worst you can pin on him? Must have been a slow news day.

The Foreign Office holds £864000 worth of wine and is claiming commercial confidentiality and the forthcoming visit of the Pope as reasons why it refuses to divulge the exact contents of its cellar. It has spent £18000 on wine since Cameron’s ague of austerity (for some) began

“ague?” Meant age of course but then again I am very, very drunk

What’s the big deal here? It’s a good idea surely to limit cheap booze – either because you think it’ll reduce anti-social behaviour, or because the people will cease to choose anaesthesia over glorious permanent revolution.

Gwyn,

I’m all in favour of glorious permanent revolution, but we probably need to get together with a few drinks to decide in which direction we want to revolt. And minimum alchohol pricing would make that more expensive, thus limiting the possibility of revolution….

15. DisgustedOfTunbridgeWells

It doesn’t matter, he met someone the other day who said you could get Stella for 25p, so that fucking settles it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NStRuFFH34Y

Oh aye, keep your stupid Marxist fucking face out of the market you massive cunt, you want to go after demerit goods lets start with tabloids.

16. Peter Cole

Do you think if Labour brought in this legislation.
The Tory press and bloggers would be crying nanny state.
Now it is responsible government.
Just lovin it

16

I like this Peter Cole fellow. He talks a lot of sense.

And he is dead right. You won’t hear the term Nanny state for 5 years.

@10 Mark M – no, this is by far NOT the worst thing you can pin on Cameron, it’s just the latest. If you want a better one, one that comes to mind is chasing £5 billion in benefit fraud when ten times as much is being hidden by the super-rich in tax havens. I’m sure you can find an article about that on here somewhere.


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