February 26th, 2013

Campaign Piles Booze Pressure on Osborne

With his precious AAA credit rating lost, three weeks until the budget Osborne could probably do with a drink. This morning the Taxpayers’ Alliance have launched a new campaign to freeze beer duty. Pubs up and down the country will play host to hundreds of thousands of beer mats telling punters just how much of what they pay for their pint goes to the taxman. Something Guido imagines the Chancellor will hardly appreciate. You can add your opposition to Osborne’s beer tax here


  1. 1
    Person from Porlock says:


  2. 2
    Grollace says:

    I suppose he could just grin and beer it.

  3. 3
    Clegg is guilty says:

    This policy does not go far enough .

    You should offer to reimburse everyone in cash if you win the next election .

    It works for Mr Berlosconi.

  4. 4
    The Stilton Eater says:

    High time the whole tax code was simplified. Why not just put VAT on beer and leave it and that. Merge NI and Income Tax and set CGT and the same rate. Have one level of Corporation Tax and scrap the GordonBrown-esque loopholes.

    I’d drink to that.

  5. 5
    answers on a postcard says:

    Why has Lord Rennard got his likeness on a beer mat?

  6. 6
    SP4BS says:

    How much then? 10p or 20p a pint for 5 years (gets calculator out)?

  7. 7
    Steve Miliband says:

    Petrol Sales in January were the lowest for 23 years! Have the never heard of ‘price elasticity of demand’, ‘saturation’, ‘laffer curve’?

    Cut taxes, create confidence, trigger investment, spending and growth

  8. 8
    Ciderman says:

    ……but much less tax on a pint of cider. Beer sales falling, cider sales increasing, so less cash to HMCR. Don’t tell George.

  9. 9
    Marketing Droid says:

    Price skimming vs penetration price

  10. 10
    Diane Abbotapotamus says:

    Tax Sugar and make its sale illegal

  11. 11
    Bumboy Dave says:

    Triple A?

  12. 12
    Alan Sugar says:

    OI Lardarse!

  13. 13
    Operation Crossbow says:

    Why cut spending when Gideon can pile on even MORE taxes? What makes me laugh is in 2015 when the bum chum Tories lose, they won’t get why and will be out of power probably forever as the generation of immigrants allowed in by Liebore all get to vote and another generation of 5 million Romanians also get let into the UK.

  14. 14
    Towel-folder in Chief says:

    Unleaded £1.39/litre. not far to the record now!

  15. 15
    fruitcake says:

    That’s a “Have you had an indecent proposition from this man?” police initiative

  16. 16
    Baroso's chockolate penis says:

    Ah, but that’s if you want to get the country out of the mire. If you want the country to go bankrupt and then call in the EUSSR to take over, then you carry on taxing and generaly fcuking things up. We need more immigration, it’s obvious.

  17. 17
    Tony Eden from Eton says:

    Let us all have a drink together once the Chancellor has sorted out this little misunderstanding with Moodys and got the Italians talking to one another.

  18. 18
    shansshellur of th' eggsshekker says:

    all problemsh are sholubull in alcoh-hol!

  19. 19
    Sometimes life does surprise you says:

    Nah, he needs to have a chat with Broon crap on how to tax the country until it’s pips squeaked, he’s a child compared to that one eyed monster, can’t wait until Liebour get back in, it’ll guarantee a civil uprising, then after that it won’t matter which political party gets in , because the country will have well and truly been taken over by the EU.

  20. 20
    Chuckas Yamoney says:

    Surely Tipple A

    Perhaps petrol stations can do the same

  21. 21
    Loopy Lou says:

    Why not just offer free beer?

  22. 22
    Oooh I'll drink a drink a drink to Lily the pink says:

    Between the smoking ban and the high alcohol taxes and the owner’s of the pubs they have all helped to destroy the pubs, Liebour especially as they never wanted places for people to gather and discuss how crap they are.

  23. 23
    . says:

    vote UKIP

    oh hang on, don’t do that they all defect to the Tories.

    as busted a flush as the lib dems.

  24. 24
    Rob Roy says:

    According to the FT if Clegg loses Eastleigh he is going to be ousted .

    If he wins they think he will limp on but he will be there for the killing.

  25. 25
    I like a drink says:

    UKIP save the pub campaign


  26. 26

    In days of old as a friend wrote on facebook yesterday, politicians would resign when their policies failed.

    While I can see ways that the Tories could win the next election outright, it seems to me that short of a global economic recovery that they can piggyback onto and claim success from, it is likley that that they will continue to fracture this nation of ours as one group of people are set off against another, and fear is continually injected into society.

    The sad thing is that it all could have been avoided, tons of money could have been saved without the distress levels, and we could have been seeing higher tax revenues and been seeing the greenshoots of a more future proof secure economy by now.

    The next government will need to fix the harm done by the current government as they scrambed for power after Labours failures.

    If I were in the Conservative party today (I resigned a couple of decades plus ago) I would be horrified at how much (hopefully innocent as opposed to be by consious design) harm our government have done to our nation (in terms of injecting fear into peoples hearts, setting one sector of society off against another etc) as it moved far too quickly and forgot a number of lessons that have been previously hard learnt.

    I honestly think that I could do a better job of reinvigourating this nation of ours. Making money for the greedy, without harming the vulnerable and without driving the marginalisation of sectors of the citizens of this nation (that really is unforgiveable Prime Minister – you say you dont want that – yet that is exactly what you do when you speak in the commons and the press develop it). Strengthing the nations economy while getting its finances better sorted. But with the couple of useful decades I have left I would rather focus on european and global issues than get bogged down with the bairns in the playground of Westminster.

    Anyhow with the reported focus by the Tories on immigration and “welfare scroungers” for the upcoming 2015 elections, the party is in my view likley to darken not illuminate for more people will likely be fuelled towards marginalisation and hatred etc.

    It really is a terible legacy that England has stumbled down this path. Mr Cameron and Mr Osbourne you got it wrong, please dont make matters worse. Have the wisdom and the courage to move positively forwards before your peers kick you out. (you see Mr Cameron you at least did once insire me in your early days in office).

  27. 27
    Anonymous says:

    Gotta keep the poor off of the roads.

  28. 28
    Anonymous says:

    There are still too many crap pubs. We just don’t need as many as we used to, times – and habits – have changed.

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    If they did they would be breaking the law, and they would not be let off with a caution like rapists and muggers.

  30. 30
    Plato says:

    The only people who are not being taxed are the money launderers.

    Perhaps Gideon can turn his attention towards them.

  31. 31
    david says:

    Two days ago the BBC World Service, being unbiased, showed a clip of Labour supporters in Eastleigh waving red banners and signs, followed by the yellow signs and banners of the Lib Dems. There was then a shot of the Conservative candidate canvassing, leaving a house alone but with no banners to identify who she supported. The final clip was the UKIP banners and a short interview with Farage.It is obviously not a level playing field down in Eastleigh- or is it expected that we are all colour blind?

  32. 32
    Jimmy says:

    Let’s face it, if Gideon loses the support of drunks, who does he have left?

  33. 33
    The BBC, Common Purpose & the EU says:

    We agree.

  34. 34

    Coffee is the new beer

  35. 35
    Conrad says:

    Prostitutes and cocaine dealers?

  36. 36
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    and the bankers of course!

  37. 37
    yoomus bejokeen says:

    Voe Tory if you want:

    More Taxes
    Higher Taxes
    More Immigrants
    Bum Sex

    it’s what the British people want Insha’Allah

  38. 38
    Rhoda Boroks says:


  39. 39
    Quiet Bat Person says:

    Petrol stations should do something similar. Most people would be shocked at the proportion of petrol prices that is tax.

  40. 40
    ReefKnot says:

    Yep – doing a similar thing about the price of petrol in petrol stations would be educational, at least. Or on billboards. Or on those signs stuck in farmers fields next to motorways.

  41. 41
    Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

    F-ck me if that was Petrol the whole pint is TAX and the froth on the Top the cost.. Same as Natural Gas.. Propping up the states numerous Ponzi scheme’s and Knacker employee’s… Paid loads of money for being totally useless. Is there anything they get right??? IRAQ. AFGHANISTAN, EDUCATION, ENERGY POLICY, WEST COAST MAIN LINE, HILLSBROUGH, JIMMY SAVILLE, BBC, RBS, The list just goes on and on.. The over educated fools with little grasp on reality. THEY CANT BLAME THE WORKERS NOW..

  42. 42
    Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

    When you talk about RAPISTS are those the ones that are framed by Women trying to get a few grand from the criminal injuries board and are exposed by barristers who cross examine them..

  43. 43
    The Right Honourable George Osborne says:

    I think we’ve got a very clear message, a loud and clear message that Britain cannot let up in dealing with its debts, dealing with its problems, cannot let up in making sure that Britain can pay its way in the world.

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