Opinion – Sugar tax: financially regressive but progressive for health? | Society | The Guardian – John Gelmini

English: Fighting Obesity

English: Fighting Obesity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Guardian actually shoots itself in the foot, in this article brought to us by Dr Alf.

Obesity afflicts the poor and those it pretends to care about by causing strain on the NHS which is now not fit for purpose, by making the poor less likely to get a job and thus keeping them poor and it has brought UK productivity further down so that we are now 25th in the world, rendering many UK workers completely useless to employers. That, in turn, induces those employers to automate the work, offshore it or use foreign labour.

Osborne needs to keep his nerve and go much harder on the drinks industry and the food manufacturers, the flavourings industry and fast food chains. In addition, local authorities that use zoning laws to design out fast food outlets and design in healthy restaurants and food outlets should get higher standard spending assessments but those who fail to do so should have money withdrawn from them until they merge with more efficient councils to produce overall headcount reductions with no deterioration in measurable service quality.

John Gelmini

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