Apparently a NZ sugar tax is coming

Boyd Swindleburn

Boyd Swindleburn

According to Professor Boyd Swinburn a sugar fat bastard tax is inevitable, just not under a National Government.

Appearing on Paul Henry to discuss what is needed to stop child obesity in New Zealand, Boyd Swinburn is still whinging on about a letter he sent to the government months ago calling on a sugar fat bastard tax.

Sadly, Boyd Swinburn and his followers are upset that his theoretical modelling efforts aren’t being noticed. The usual line of taxes worked for tobacco therefore it must work for sugar, is another line not being swallowed by government.

And not surprisingly.

Even arts, travel and lifestyle blogger David Farrar has taken the call for a sugar tax to task.  

It does make you wonder why Paul Henry would bother having Boyd Swinburn take up valuable air time when the Government told the troughers way back on 3 April that they were not persuaded by health professors lobbying to introduce a sugar tax.

These public health troughers are not happy about the sway of the latest sales data out of Mexico, reported in the Wall Street Journal, that shows a sugar tax increased sale of sugary drinks.  Pity Paul Henry didn’t challenge Boyd Swinburn over what seems quite a key fact.

But you do have to give it to Paul Henry. Having images of donuts right behind the man determined to see new taxes brought against every man, woman and child in New Zealand is priceless.

If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. If fat bastards don’t want to be stigmatised, then the solution is literally in their own hands… put down the fork and spoon and stop stuffing your gaping maw with food.


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