Phil Mellows

Journey's End

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On tour

How do you swallow a war? You dilute it with long, dull slugs of peace. In fact, war is frequently so boring that soldiers long for the fighting to start. Their time is filled with the mundane. Call it a kind of humanitarian intervention.

Behind the hype of the alcohol price hike

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When the going gets tough, governments turn to drink.

At least, that's how it seemed last month when, in the space of a week, the Scottish government put forward firm proposals for tackling the nation's alcohol problem through Europe's first minimum pricing legislation. Chief medical officer Liam Donaldson, meanwhile, said Westminster should set an even higher minimum.

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