Shame on Ireland's political classes! Not one of them had the guts to raise the staggering excise increase on the bottle of plonk in the Dail. The benchmark of the value connoisseur's shopping trolley, Lidl's bottle of Montepulciano di Abruzzo, goes up from €3.99 to €4.99 as a result of Baldy Noonan's savage Budget. That's an incredible 25% increase!! Over €300 a year heaped on top of the already hard-pressed imbiber.
Have Fine Gael caved into Labour's Nanny agenda? They showed a bit of gumption when they shafted killjoy Minister of State Shortall and stranded her demon-drink crusade on the rocks. But now it seems it was all for show.
They've already killed off the pubs with the drink-driving laws and the smoking ban. Now they're attacking the drinker in the privacy of his home. Where's it all going to end?