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In my local ALDI this week they were selling some rather nice 7L tea urns for £29.99.
Not many people buy tea urns in ALDI.
They have three possible uses.
One is for making tea.
One is for preparing the ingredients of home made bio-fuels.
The third is as a cheap ingredient boiler for making home-brew.
The government thinks it can prevent people from buying non-essentials, like alcohol, by placing restrictions on what they buy with their benefits.
It’s a cretinous and foolish policy. If you don’t believe me, google turbo cider.
The idea that people won’t drink alcohol because they can’t buy it on their benefits card is simply hilarious. To make turbo you don’t even need a boiler. Will the government invent a cash card that stops you buying four litres of apple juice a week?
Jem is fond of muttering about milk tokens any time anyone mentions this cash card proposal.
I have my own view.
It’s not a policy about what you buy with your cash card.
It’s a policy about ghettoizing the poor. You’ll still be drinking alcohol, but you won’t be doing it in public view.
This blog was inspired by the inquiries into the death of Raymond Scott. Raymond lost his prison privileges after prison officers found a tub of home brew in his cell.