Chancellor silences Hewitt over liquor tax hike
Hewitt jeopardises future cabinet post with outburst
Brown has slammed health secretary Patricia Hewitt for demanding a huge tax
rise on alcohol.
According to The Sun, a
furious chancellor insisted there was no way he would raise the duty on alcohol
after it was ramped on alcopops four years ago.
Hewitt was hoping a tax rise would stop teenagers binge drinking.
The call for a tax rise may hamper Hewitt’s hopes of staying in the
Cabinet if Brown becomes PM.