It beats me. I cannot understand. There are all sorts of ways to take a trip abroad. A friend that I was talking tonight in the pub is going on a three day trip to Belgium, or wherever, and is bothered about travel insurance. It might cost him and his wife an extra £50 or whatever. That cost is irrelevant if he were to think about buying hundreds of pounds of cheap cigs in Belgium. It is worth using a credit card to do so. It is not difficult to calculate that the interest charges on the credit card debt are FAR less than the difference between tobacco taxes in Belgium and those taxes in the UK.
But that idea is an fairly extreme example because it requires the use of a credit card. But is it extreme?
The main thing is that you can prove that you can afford to buy the products. That is essential. A bank statement or a credit card statement should be sufficient. If you can afford it, you can afford it, and there is no counter to that fact.
The likes of Hammond MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, somehow lose human empathy when they take the job. Humans become things and numbers. They are objects. They buy tobacco products and are nicotine addicts and so they can be exploited. They are things.
But, in a way, the ‘addicts’ are their own worst enemy, if they buy taxes products from UK shops. If they have to, they have to, but they should avoid that if they possibly can.
Coupled with ecigs, a dramatic fall in tobacco product purchases, at the silly prices, would be permanent. There would be no way back. The taxes would disappear.
As the prison riots etc have shown, Human Nature trumps mathematical calculations as depicted by epidemiological studies. And it will get worse unless it is stopped.