I see even The Telegraph's Alan Cochrane has urged the oppositon parties at Holyrood to back Nicola Sturgeon's proposal to introduce a minimum price for alcohol. He suggests they should jump at the health secretary's offer of a "sunset clause" where minimum pricing is reviewed after a certain period of time to see if it works. I doubt they will take his advice. There is really no logic, other that the desire to thwart the SNP for political reasons, behind the Labour/Lib Dem/Tory position. That's why they will blithely ignore the call from Alcohol Concern in the UK for a minimum price of 50p. The AC spokesman Don Shenker said: "The beauty of a minimum-price approach is that it only raises the price of the cheapest drinks, and these are the ones typically drunk by young binge drinkers and heavy chronic drinkers,"
The Scottish Labour strategy is now to focus on "education" which the World Health Organisation says is the least effective means to tackle alcohol abuse - as the Scottish experience over the last 30 years demonstrates. The opposition parties have also began to talk about "working with Westminster" to deliver a minimum pricing policy not unlike the SNP measures they have been attacking as "untried". These people are so focussed on maintaining The Union - and with it their own careers within UK political parties - that they are hostile to any measure that allows Scots to assert autonomy, even to improve health.