Despite the example set by raft of countries worldwide, the apparent support of the public and calls from Jamie Oliver no less, there was no announcement on a sugar tax in Tuesday’s budget.
I am entirely ambivalent on the issue. The more I think about it, the more undecided I become. Whilst I can see there is an obesity crisis in which sugar no doubt plays a part, I can’t help think this game would be better played if the government were not to beat the population with a financial stick, but rather lead it with a carrot. Literally.
Isn’t this is issue about education?
I think I would like to be able to buy food at the price the producer and retailer set, without interference by the government, deciding for myself how much sugar I consume based on what I understand it will do to my body.
But on the other hand, I don’t have a couple of calorie-crazed kids at my heel, screaming ‘Mummy, I’m hungry, can I have chocolate/sweets/lemonade’ and the numbers speak for themselves:
So perhaps I should shut the fuck up.