Ban-and-Tax Greens have a sweet tooth for a sugar tax

While National and Labour are against sugar taxes the Greens are all for it.

70 public health specialists have written to the Government asking for the tax.

Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said a tax on sugary drinks would help curb New Zealand’s high obesity rates.

“We do know that putting a tax on a product reduces consumption of that product. And we know that reducing consumption of sugary drinks will reduce obesity.”

He said he refuted the Government’s claim that there was not enough evidence to support such a tax.

“In fact there is stronger evidence for a levy on sugary drinks than there is for any other aspect of the government’s obesity packet,” Mr Hague said.

70 unnamed experts say stronger unspecified evidence exists and that’s a fact.

The problem with this is that this sugar tax is frightfully difficult to implement.  And as we saw, when Labour had a go at this issue, they were going to exempt sweets because they said it was a “Treat food”.

But yoghurt was going to get hit.

All this waffling about sugar tax ignores the fact nobody has found a way to implement it with some consistency and in a way that doesn’t vilify one product or one industry over another.

Just check the amount of sugar in orange juice for example.  And, not to be factious, check the amount of sugar in sugar.  It’s insane.

Unless anyone comes up with a sensible and realistic policy framework, airy fairy calls for bans and taxes are simply heat and noise.

Thanks goodness, for once, this Government isn’t going to yield to the vocal few that want to parent us all into our healthiest death possible.

Finally, for the levels of tax to have any kind of significant impact in health statistics, the tax will need to be quite significant.  A $1.99 bottle of Coke isn’t going to stop selling because now it’s $2.49.

The only real solution is to implement a Fat Bastard Tax….where the Fat Bastard pays the tax for being a Fat Bastard and no one else.


– Kim Bowden, Newstalk ZB via Yahoo!

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