Research has suggested a 45p minimum price could reduce drinking by 4.3%, potentially saving 2,000 lives within a decade. This was why the idea had such strong backing from the medical profession.
May, the former health secretary Andrew Lansley, and the education secretary, Michael Gove, have opposed the proposals on grounds that the impact on living standards would be unacceptable.
The former shadow home secretary, David Davis, claimed that evidence in Europe, where alcohol was cheaper but consumption lower, showed that culture was more important than price.
Very dodgy research “suggests” while a statement of the clear and obvious truth is a “claim”.
Don’t worry about editorialising in the news reporting, eh?