Sugary drinks should be taxed at up to 20p a litre, say health campaigners with the proceeds helping to pay for free school meals.
Picking up on an idea first floated during the era of the Neo Fascist New Labour government, food and farming charity Sustain said the Government could raise £1bn a year from a tax on sugary drinks, while also saving lives by cutting excessive consumption of unhealthy substances.
As if to demonstrate that fascism is alive and well in the public and charity sector the report has been backed by more than 60 organisations, including the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Friends of the Earth, the National Heart Forum and the Royal Society for Public Health.
Diet-related illness is now costing the NHS £6bn every year, the report said although these statistics have been exposed as deeply flawed and in the case of many ‘scientific’ studies, blatantly fabricated.
Sustain urged Chancellor George Osborne to introduce the duty in the Budget on March 20 and to channel most of the cash raised into a Children’s Future Fund for programmes to improve children’s health. Money could be spent on campaigns to encourage youngsters to eat more fruit and vegetables, the report said. Erm, didn’t that fat tongued twat Jamie Oliver try bullying kids into eating more fruit and veg? And weren’t the results disastrous. I seem to remember reports of kids digging tunnels, disguising themselves as binmen, making hot air balloons out of condoms and doing all kinds of things to escape from school and get to the chip shop or kebab van at lunchtime.
Sustain’s campaigns manager, Charlie Powell, said: “Sugar-laden drinks are mini-health time bombs, contributing to dental diseases, obesity and a host of life-threatening illnesses which cost the NHS billions each year. “We are delighted that so many organisations want to challenge the Government to show it has a public health backbone by including a sugary drinks duty in Budget 2013. It’s a simple and easy-to-understand measure which will help save lives by reducing sugar in our diets and raising much-needed money to protect children’s health.”
Ummm – anything to substantiate that £billions a year claim Charlie, or was it, like the safe alcohol comsumption figure and the BMI ratio at which we become obese, plucked scientifically out of thin air?
Sustain chairman Mike Rayner, of Oxford University’s Department of Public Health, added: “Just as we use fiscal measures to discourage drinking and smoking and help prevent people from dying early, there is now lots of evidence that the same approach would work for food. Our obesity epidemic causes debilitating illness, life-threatening diseases and misery for millions of people. It is high time Government did something effective about this problem.”
Oxford University? Ah, so they’re not farmers and cooks at Sustain then, they’re Oxford University cocooned tax eaters. Very likely the only thing they want to sustain is the flow of research grants that will keep them in featherbedded luxury.
It’s never about public health, it’s always about the people who advise the government on public health.