A campaign group has called on the UK government to introduce a "sugar tax" to help curb childhood obesity.Almost perfect, you can just feel the emotive phrase 'it's for the children' rising like a turd in a cesspool on any justification for the tax which will price many foodstuffs away from those on lower incomes.
Action on Sugar has produced a seven-point plan to discourage children from consuming foods and soft drinks with high levels of added sugar.
The group wants measures brought in to cut added sugar in food by 40% by 2020, to cut fat in foods and to ban sports sponsorship by "junk food" companies.
The Department of Health has said it will consider the recommendations.
Action on Sugar is a group of specialists concerned with sugar and its effects on health. It says one in five 10-11 year olds in the UK are now obese, while one in three are overweight.
The group has produced an action plan for the government following a request for its views from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Now I will be honest and admit that there do appear to be far more overweight kids around than when I was young, though we never seemed to have a problem with getting hold of sugary sweets of various kinds. What we did have was a far more active lifestyle, limited tv, no computer games, no social media. So we walked, ran, cycled and generally behaved like little savages in our inter tribal gang warfare.
So, the problem isn't that kids are eating too much sugar, it's that kids live a far more sedentary lifestyle, what with few schools offering sports (voluntary or not) and the paranoia from parents about letting their kids play in the street due to traffic/paedo's etc.
What we are being lined up for is a tax grab by unscrupulous politicians similar to that of green taxation and the oft proposed but never implemented alcohol tax forbidden by the EU.
Prodnose pressure groups like this for all they may have some well meaning members are never a good idea for the general public as they rarely contain members of the general public. Their focus is often too narrow and they rarely see the big picture which is why I suspect politicians like them so much. Any group proposing a tax hike is likely to get the attention of a politician particularly if they think they can sell it back to the public and a for the children meme is no doubt a winner in their minds.
Expect a raft of such measures in the near future as the global warming scam finally comes off the rails...