'Champagne Socialist' Victory

Cameron Taunted in Parliament

Suzanne Plunkett, Reuters / Landov

Now to the pubs! British Prime Minister David Cameron was trounced in Parliament today after a cabinet revolt killed off his plan for a new minimum price for alcohol. Labour leader Ed Miliband mocked Cameron for making a “U-turn” on his alcohol policies, accusing him of being unable to organize “anything in a brewery.” Cameron had initially vowed to end cheap alcohol sales, raising the prospect that Chancellor George Osborne might use next week’s budget to sharply increase taxes on inexpensive booze blamed for the country’s heavy drinking habits. But Cameron ultimately lost this one, taking hit after hit from Miliband, who seized on reports of unrest within Cameron’s cabinet and claimed his government was “falling apart.”