Never before has there been a government that cared so much for the interests of the organised criminal. And today was a red letter day for those Dons, drug lords and criminal masterminds:
...minimum unit pricing, ensuring for the first time that alcohol can only be sold at a sensible and appropriate price
Sold at those prices by the legitimate trader. But sold at way below those prices by the smuggler or the moonshine merchant. The man with the van is rubbing his hand with profitable glee as he eyes up the chance to sell cheap booze to kids. The drug smugglers are looking at vodka as a kinder, less judged import. And the big crime lords are grinning from ear to ear and ordering the new yacht.
The government is to change the law to allow restrictions to be imposed on the interest rates charged for so-called "payday loans".
Honest Joe has got his baseball bat out from the cupboard and it treating it with linseed oil. All those poor folk refused loans by Wonga or Provident present a renewed sales opportunity. These legal lenders had killed his business but no more - now he can go back to lending cash and demanding repayment with menaces! And smashing the occasional kneecap - well it goes with the game.
A good day for organised crime - soon to be followed by plain packs for fags and a new smuggling and counterfeiting cash windfall!
Well done Dave!