The current bunch of Tory wankers in power have bowed to the wishes of non-thinking-tabloid-press twatbags, introducing a fucking sugar tax. S U G A R tax… Now I understand the intentions behind this are basically to reduce sugar intake for the general public, but tax is the wrong way to do it. Wrong. Plain and simply wrong. Why?
- Tax is their answer to everything, and it’s a lazy one.
- Tax doesn’t help, people will just spend more.
- If Tax is so bloody effective, why are there still smokers in the UK, or drinkers for that matter?
- Tax just hurts people, reduces their liberties and opportunities.
- Tax hits the less well off sectors of society disproportionately hard.
- Tax just doesn’t effect the rich.
What would work? What are the alternatives to punitive financial measures applied in an idiot-blanket fashion? How about the following, for starters
- Education for the public, not boring government documentary films, but programs outlining and exposing the amount of sugar in many supposedly healthy foods.
- Ad admission that they were wrong about ‘diet’ foods where the fat has just been replaced with sugar.
- Legislation for food manufacturers to stop using sugar wherever possible, putting back in the fat and alternative sweeteners.
- Legislation for the food manufacturers to reduce size (AND Price!) for chocolate / candy bars / sweets.
- Graphic advertising of what just a few hundred extra calories per day can do to you.
TAX is just lazy, the laziest way of getting around a perceived problem without effort of thought, an ineffective solution, proven by studies in Mexico where it has had an impact of just 6 calories per day!
TAX… In the UK this is simply laughable, around 22% of my salary is already taken as tax, with what’s left I have to pay yet more tax – Council Tax, Vehicle Tax, VAT, and Fuel Duty… Plus there are probably more I’m still blissfully unaware of. And now SUGAR fucking tax – pretty soon we’ll all just be working for the government, as there won’t be any money left from our pay after tax, we might as well be working in a communist state soon.
I’m one of the lucky ones in this case, I’m off sugar for health reasons, my eyes were opened a long time ago to dangers of this substance, and whilst I still enjoy the odd treat here and there, I won’t really feel the impact personally. That doesn’t make this right though. The people need to speak up, to make the government understand that we’re not all morons, we know what we’re doing, and if we don’t, education is the key, not more bloody tax.