In the absence of counter-arguments, we can’t really be sure what the public thinks about state action on unhealthy lifestyles.
Posts Tagged: Sin taxes
Raising national insurance, fewer “sin taxes”, public sector pay rises, more schools spending – all are part of his programme.
Public health and environmental health look the likeliest sources. Shifting everyone to the equivalent of PAYE and taxing the biggest businesses must also be targets.
This is not so much a pro-market position as an anti-democratic one. There is more to politics than market versus state.
It wouldn’t be a “sin tax”, it would be a tax penalising people for stopping smoking. The Treasury’s greed would have outweighed its logic.
Which taxes should Tories cut? 3) Julian Jessop: Reduce sin taxes and property taxes to give the economy a fillip
The final article in our series argues that while the primary focus should be deficit reduction, there may yet be room to make life a bit easier, particularly for the poorest.
Our mini-series this week revealed points of broad consensus and points of approaching conflict on the centre right in terms of how the tax burden is distributed.
All agree that something must be done. But everyone would prefer that someone else is the one to do it.
Government encouraged drivers to switch to it. Now some want to penalise them for doing so.
Parents and business need more help from the Government to avert a public health crisis.
A simpler tax system would bring many benefits.
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The policy risks more than 4,000 jobs but will only reduce calorie intake by five calories per person, per day.
The salient point is that it is government intervention that raises the cost of living.
Aside any concerns about individual choice, it will undermine small shops and do little to hinder black marketeers.
Blame is an essential part of individual responsibility. Absolving overweight citizens of their agency enables poor behaviour – and mandates disabling legislation.