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Tuesday, 29 January 2013


From today's BBC News website:

Leading medical bodies are calling for a 20p-per-litre levy on soft drinks to be included in this year's Budget.
More than 60 organisations, including the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, are backing the recommendation by food and farming charity Sustain.
They say it would raise £1bn a year in duty to fund free fruit and meals in schools to improve children's health.
Here we go again.  Some - some - people have a problem with the amount of calories they consume.  Maybe some - some - have a genuine problem in their psyche and metabolism and require assistance to wean them off the "bad stuff". 
But not all - not all - of us have a problem.  Yet this stupid, interfering Government with lobby groups and professional bodies, seem to be planning to penalise everybody - everybody -for the actions of the few - the few.
If this soft drink levy goes ahead, where will it end?  A cup of tea without sugar in a cafe will cost £1.50. A cup of tea with sugar will cost £50.  And don't forget the lovely potential tax revenues on salt, cream, ready meals, sausages et al, and, oh yes, curry and beans to cut down on environmental damage from flatulence and methane.  Everything is an epidemic.  Head for the bunkers - but be prepared to pay the entry fee.
The other big tax loophole is on the amount of bullshit dressed up as common sense for the common good that politicians and their associates use to scare us into submission.

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