Monday, 19 November 2012

Price of Alcohol in Gaza


Another attempt to control the price of alcohol is in the wind. Why don't they just legislate for the volume of alcohol in drinks, rather than trying to muck about with pricing? I'm sure I wouldn't notice all that much if beer, wine or spirits had their alcohol content reduced by say 10% or 15%.

Was watching tweets and email feeds about the Gaza situation on the BBC website yesterday and saw this one:

"John, Great Cacapon, USA emails: Besieged Palestinian Gaza is an experiment in provocation. Stuff one and a half million people into a tiny space, stifle their access to water, electricity, food and medical treatment, destroy their livelihoods... and, surprise, surprise - they turn hostile.."

What John seems to forget is that Gaza has a 11 km border with Egypt, where there's a border crossing called Rafah. One could  equally ask why medicine, water, electricity and food don't cross this border from Egypt and the Palestinians have to resort to using tunnels to smuggle goods and weapons. The answer is because the Egyptians closed the crossing when Hamas took over - even the Egyptians don't like Hamas.


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  1. Your starting to sound pro Israeli mate

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    1. Nah - just pointing out a glaring hole in one particular (and oft trotted out) argument.

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  2. You are starting to sound pro-temperance mate (reducing my single malt to 15% ABV)

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    1. Alan - I remember the Temrance Institute building in Southport. Never knew what it was until later in life.

      It's still there: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=southport&hl=en&ll=53.647067,-3.00181&spn=0.003434,0.010546&sll=51.532818,-2.376483&sspn=0.014416,0.042186&hnear=Southport,+Merseyside,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=17&layer=c&cbll=53.646991,-3.001686&panoid=01DUttD6Y5Koc2IjEz9A1g&cbp=12,70.81,,0,-2.75

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