With minimum alcohol pricing and the Leveson report both on today's political agenda, settling down for a post-office pint with a copy of the ES this evening will have a certain resonance. Together with news on yet another rail price rise when I've hardly got used to the impact of the last one, the effect of Darling's beer duty escalator since 2008 (scheduled to continue until 2014/15) and no doubt the brewcos looking at a wet summer and its impact on malted grain to add even more, I may be tempted to linger. Except that my earnings have remained pretty static for the past four years, like many people, and I probably can't afford it.
So I think it's time to set up my own commercial nano-distillery and produce 20l a week of Gin, most of which I shall sell. However, I'm going to insist on being fully registered by HMRC as a Rectifier* and have my garden shed licensed as a bonded warehouse. That'll teach the buggers.
*All in accordance with HMRC Notices to allow full duty relief on carboys of raw grain ethanol ...
And I'll have a Turbo T500 for Christmas, please (around £380)