Ministers will be on much surer ground if they justify change on the basis of social habits.
The Chancellor extolled principles that point to the possibility of meaningful pro-growth reform of how revenues are raised.
If the Government rolls back protectionist legislation left over from our EU membership, this booming export sector can reach new heights.
In one of an occasional series we are running in advance of the Budget, some radical suggestions for kickstarting the British economy.
The Chancellor could please every beer & cider drinker; charity donor; motorhome manufacturer, retailer and owner; caravan site owner, and public toilet user in Britain.
Some MPs, such as Charlie Elphicke, have been pushing to bring it back not just to bring joy to passengers, but to help revitalise ports and other seaside towns.
Public health and environmental health look the likeliest sources. Shifting everyone to the equivalent of PAYE and taxing the biggest businesses must also be targets.
The social, medical and financial costs of excessive alcohol consumption are there for all to see. The answer is already known.
The final article in our series argues that while the primary focus should be deficit reduction, there may yet be room to make life a bit easier, particularly for the poorest.
The current tax regime levies much higher taxes on one of Britain’s most important exports than on other forms of alcohol.
Too often people in Westminster choose one thing for the public and another for their own loved ones.
A new project to hold the Government to account in honouring its pledge that “Brexit means Brexit”.
When more than 30 million of us regularly drink wine, why does the pub – not the wine bar – continue to represent political expediency?
Boris has just cut the Council Tax precept by 6.4 per cent. Does Osborne have such clear credentials?
Cutting duty on wines and spirits has boosted revenue. So why shouldn’t the Chancellor serve up more reductions in next week’s Budget.