In The Press » Mar 28th 2012 - Local UKIP MEP urges people to defend their beer
Local UKIP MEP urges people to defend their beer
'..Derek Clark urged people to support drink industry ...'
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UK Independence Party
From the Office of Derek Clark, MEP, East Midlands
Rowan House, 23 Billing Road, Northampton NN1 5AT
Tel: 01604 620064 Fax: 01604 636002
March 28th, 2012
The county's UKIP MEP Derek Clark has called for as many people as possible to take part in a new Government consultation on the drink industry.
Suggestions in the consultation include plain packaging and marketing bans and raising the legal drinking age.
Mr Clark said: "Can you imagine what the interior of a pub will look like if these plans see the light of day - how will small local breweries compete if they cannot advertise?
"Anybody who cares about beer, anybody who cares about our local pubs, and anybody who cares about our freedoms should get involved and add their voice to the consultation."
"The government and media are in a state of panic about the rate of drinking in the UK.
"But making policy during a panic is nearly always bad news. Of course we need to tackle problem drinking. Many of our town and city centres become no-go zones after dark. However we already have laws to tackle these problems, and what we need to do is to use those laws rather than come up with another range of rules which will hammer small independent brewers and pubs, rather than tackle the main problems.
"Let's be honest, raising the legal drinking age isn't going to stop 14-year-olds drinking strong cider and lager in the park. But it will cut down on the freedom of people to have a beer, people who are old enough to fight and die in our military.
"There may be some good ideas on how to tackle problem drinking, but we mustn't be bounced into making bad decisions".
The consultation can be found here - http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/health-committee/news/12-03-26-alcohol-torcfe/
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