We don’t need a new tax system on food, but instead to reform the one we already have to make it more rational, and indeed simpler.
With the majority of adults in the UK now overweight, the case for taking action on our waistlines has never been stronger.
We owe it to our children, and the NHS, to crack down on advertising and make sure healthy eating is always the easy choice.
Obesity is a complex problem, and squeezing low-income households with mandatory price hikes won’t solve it.
Tory candidates in London, Manchester and Oxfordshire made their opposition to these schemes known. It didn’t win us votes.
This ideology celebrates willpower, yet scientific research challenges how much of it we have when making dietary choices.
This highly interventionist strategy lacks evidence, and is hardly a Conservative approach.
This ‘nudge’ instinct is all too common in corporations, which view themselves as guiding forces on health, morality, politics, and actually most things.
Children’s health is too often weaponised as a justification for pushing through all sorts of unnecessary new punitive taxes and regulations.
Johnson, Street, and Houchen have all embraced the bike, and reaped the rewards both for the party and the nation.
The State continues to restrict personal freedom in a bid, it claims, to save life, while trying to avoid spelling out the risks to life caused by excess weight.
These may take time to bear fruit, but must reassure the markets now that the growth path in expenditure will be measurably lower. Such measures must involve doing less, as well as doing things differently.