Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg wants a minimum price set for alcohol to combat binge-drinking. He accused supermarkets of acting irresponsibly and said it should be illegal for shops to sell booze at a loss. Clegg told the Sheffield Alcohol Conference that many were selling drinks at a price that did not over their own costs for duty and VAT. As a result, vulnerable people were tempted to buy and drink more. But Liberal think-tank Progressive Vision accused Clegg of being “nannying, patronising and regressive”. And a spokesman for the British Retail Consortium said they would oppose any such move which would penalise “the vast majority who consume alcohol responsibly. The Daily Telegraph 27/09/08 page 2 The Daily Mail 27/09/08 page 29