Ah, Norn Iron politicians and their need to talk bullshit.
The latest example: Mr Poots, of the DHSSPS.
The Health Minister Edwin Poots has said the Executive is determined to introduce new legislation to raise the minimum price per unit of alcohol.
Mr Poots told the Politics Show:”I am aware of one supermarket in the run up to Christmas not last year, the previous year, having a £20m loss leader on alcohol.
“I do think supermarkets really do need to reflect on where they sit in society.
“We shouldn’t have to intervene, but the irresponsibility of supermarkets and others is causing a situation where we do.”
Supermarkets should, indeed, reflect on where they sit in society. From what I can see, they only sell things to people if said people want to buy them. They do not sell things that the customer doesn’t want, and they don’t take away any money that the customer doesn’t give to them voluntarily.
Whereas the Northern Ireland Executive, and politicians in general, give people things they don’t want (in the form of services like intimidation and red tape), and take a chunk of money from people that never wanted to hand it over in the first place.
I put it to you, Mr Poots, that perhaps you should reflect on your position in society…