While politicians are starting to talk about the economy returning to growth, most of us are tightening our belts and trying to manage the relentlessly rising cost of living. As a local employer in the wine and spirits trade, I want people to be able to enjoy a tipple – responsibly – without feeling they can’t afford it. Yet I wonder how many of your readers realise that when they buy an average-priced bottle of whisky in a supermarket, they hand over £14 in tax (79 per cent of what they pay) to the Chancellor. Wine drinkers, who are also being hit by the Government’s super tax on alcohol, see nearly £3 of every £5 bottle (57 per cent) go to the Government. I don’t think this is fair, and it is why I would like to encourage all your readers to email their local MP via www.calltimeonduty.co.uk and ask them to urge the Chancellor to be fair and scrap his inflation-busting alcohol super tax in his next budget.
Lavenham Brook Wines