I wasn’t going to blog tonight, but I have an hour to kill – up early tomorrow.
Chris Snowdon has an interesting article about the Push for a Sugar Tax:
Apparently, on Monday, a number of events are scheduled. First, the anti-sugar zealots have declared next week to be ‘sugar awareness week’. I wonder what Authority decided that they could do so? Someone in the EU or WHO, perhaps? Or could I declare next week to be ‘Honey Awareness Week’, if I wished to publicise my Honey Making Industry? For is it not true that ‘Sugar Awareness Week’ is just a cheap publicity stunt on behalf of the Public Health Industry? Be in no doubt that Public Health has moved far, far away from protecting the public as a whole. It has now become a caricature of the Inquisition. The accused has no say, and facts are invented to ‘fit up’ the accused, along with a fair amount of torture to get confessions (such as the alcohol industry’s ‘cooperation’ in promoting ‘responsible drinking’). Never enough, of course. Only condemnation and punishment, repeated over and over again is enough. The drinks industry’s execution is the ultimate goal.
Where has this strategy been used before? No need to answer.
So next week there are:
- Awareness week.
- Give Up Loving Pop (GULP) will launch an anti-sugar film.
- A health committee will produce evidence.
4. Jamie Oliver’s sugar tax petition will be debated in parliament.
No doubt there are several other tricks in the offing:
5. There will be a YouGov survey showing 70% public approval.
6. A dozen or two tame MPs will demand laws ‘for the children’.
7. The required legislation will already have been drawn up.
Government will then capitulate and put 5p on the price of a bag of sugar – to be increased to 10p, then 20p, then 40p in subsequent years when the initial tax fails to have any affect whatsoever.
You can see it coming.