torsdag 13 maj 2010

Booze without borders


I write my column Booze Without Borders in TCS Daily on 6 December 2005.
An open letter to the president of the European Commission
Dear President Barroso,

You might have noticed in a recent issue of the Financial Times that Systembolaget (the Swedish Alcohol Retail Monopoly) ran an
advertisement imploring you to not break up their monopoly on the selling of alcohol.

Now, there's nothing surprising about a large special interest group fighting to keep its monopoly, nor that it would spend a lot of money doing so. Systembolaget is spending 8 million Swedish kronor (€826,000) of Swedish taxpayers' money to influence your opinion. There's something inherently wrong with quasi-governmental organizations lobbying for a bad policy with the taxpayers' money.
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