Forget any claims about health concerns; David Cameron wants to tax sugar so that he can subtract yet another pleasure from the lives of ordinary people.
His mantra must be: “If they like it, they should not be able to afford it.”
David Cameron has threatened to impose a sugar tax on fizzy drinks to combat Britain’s “obesity crisis” if the industry fails to introduce measures to tackle the problem.
He promised a “fully worked-up programme” later this year to cut down on the consumption of sugary drinks and food in the UK, which he said was not just causing soaring obesity rates in the UK but also contributing to heart disease, cancer and having a detrimental effect on NHS finances.
It signals that a U-turn is on the way from a Prime Minister who ruled out the prospect of a sugar tax in October, saying there were “more effective ways of tackling this issue than putting a tax on sugar”.
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