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Sequin | 09:45 UK time, Monday, 16 March 2009

Hello there,

Nice to be back in the chair for a couple of days.

Despite the best efforts of some of you to appeal to Eddie's better nature and persuade him to leave his cocktail cabinet keys in an accessible place, he has failed to do so. I will have to rely on you to lift my spirits instead.

There's been a lot of talk about alcohol pricing in the last day or so, with Liam Donaldson the Chief Medical Officer calling for minimum pricing and Ministers suggesting that it would not happen in England. I was talking about this last night with my MP panellists on The Westminster Hour (10pm, Radio 4) . Tom Harris the former Transport Minister was saying that while his New Labour instincts should lead him to support the Government's dismissal of the suggestion, his concern for his constituents meant that he felt alcohol pricing HAD to be a sensible suggestion. See Tom Harris' own blog here:

What do you think? Will charging a pound for a can of lager or £4 for a bottle of wine make a difference to binge drinking and harmful consumption?

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