The Labour Group on Northumberland County Council has sparked a political row by arguing that the council should run an advertising campaign to attract Scottish drinkers when a minimum alcohol unit price is introduced north of the border.
There is of course nothing the Scottish Government can do to stop incursions of Pictish proportions into the unregulated English alcohol market. But what if Scotland votes for independence? Will bootleggers be chased over the Tweed by Scottish sheriffs? Will Glasgow become the new Chicago with speakeasies selling cheap imported English booze?