The PM is apparently against a minimum price for alcohol. Which is good. Whilst he may be against it, he doesn't appear to know what it actually is though. And having an MP (let alone the PM) arguing against something that they're not able to identify, that is worrying. Or it would be worrying if one weren't quite so worried already.
And to make it even weirder (for me anyway) is the fact that I'm sort of in agreement with the anti-minimum price stance. Key's argument is that it would just get the poor drinking lower queality alcohol. This is the bit that's arse backwards by the way. A minimum price on alcohol would mean the price of the low quality, cheap alcohol would rise, while most probably meaning that the price of the higher quality alcohol's would stay the same.
The problem that occurs to me with a minimum price policy is that it will make no difference to those heavy drinkers who can already afford to drink. For those on lower incomes, alcohol is already a luxury and I suspect those heavy drinkers who would be put off by a price rise are probably already drinking less. Which leaves those on low incomes who aren't willing to give up their booze. Where does their money come from then? The power bill? The kids lunch money? I could be convinced otherwise with some hard data from actual studies, but straight off the bat, I'm not convinced that a minimum price policy is necessarily a good thing.