Tuesday 31 December 2002

Good news from Norway

The Norwegian government has cut the whisky tax:
From 1 January, Norway’s crippling taxes on Scotch whisky imports are set to be cut by 9 per cent - equivalent to around £1.30 per bottle - in an attempt to clamp down on black market trading.
According to the Scotch Whisky Association:
"The Nordic countries have fiscal sovereignty and can set tax rates as they see fit, but they have to realise that it is unrealistic to expect people to pay such high taxes."
But surely having "fiscal responsibility" is some form of anti-EU xenophobia. So what? Let's raise a glass to the Norwegians tonight.