We are in the midst of not one, but two pandemics – Covid and obesity – which both have the potential to do serious, lasting damage to our civil liberties. The only viable long-term solution is to learn to live with both.
Taxing sugar and salt will make the poor poorer and have no effect on obesity.
Henry Dimbleby’s National Food Strategy’s key policy recommendations are new taxes on sugary and salty foods and a system whereby vegetables are provided by the NHS on prescription.
Interventionist measures like these have always comprehensively failed and will continue to do so.
The Canadian public health regulator says it is examining Britain’s junk food ad ban and is committed to implementing something similar in Canada.
Sugar taxes do more harm than good – and a salt tax wouldn’t be any better.
We desperately need backbench Tory MPs to stand up against the consensus forming between the government and opposition that rampant interventionism is the best way forward.
There is a gaping need for a strong collective of voices speaking up for personal freedoms. We urgently need a Civil Liberties Research Group.
Let’s not squander everything we have worked so hard for by mindlessly outsourcing our tobacco harm reduction policy to the World Health Organisation.
Even a cursory glance at the science on this ought to make it clear just how unwise the path of exponential state interference is.