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I’m intrigued by the latest rules in Scotland banning the sale of alcohol in offers, for example ‘buy three bottles for £10’.

That’s been a staple for so many years now for so many people, me included.

The news has been filled with talk of loopholes in the new Scottish law.

But more than that, do the powers-that-be really believe that increasing prices will have the desired effect?

However much items cost, we all still continue to buy them if they are what we think are ‘essentials’.

If something was an ‘extra’ which we didn’t regularly consume, then maybe I’d understand.

But look at the numerous price increases that smokers have faced. Has that worked? Methinks not – in my case, anyway.