In the absence of counter-arguments, we can’t really be sure what the public thinks about state action on unhealthy lifestyles.
Posts Tagged: Sugar tax
Mark Stockwell: The plastics ban. It may go down well at middle-class dinner parties. But it won’t tackle the real environmental issues.
The Government should resist Defra’s enthusiasm for bans and emphasise public education, plus the enforcement of existing anti-littering laws, instead.
Andrew Selous: Our belief in free markets does not mean that we will fail to call out abuse where we see it
A commitment to social justice has always been at the heart of conservatism. Now we need to do more to support families, health and relationships.
None of these qualities necessarily stop you wanting things, knowing what you enjoy, and being able to weigh up how to decide.
James Frayne: To contest big state ideas, small state conservatives need to get to grips with the detail
They must also rediscover the interests of the consumer – and be better at engaging working class voters on social issues.
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.
The underlying motive for this tradition, though now often dressed up in quasi-medical language, is as much aesthetic as sanitary.
And there are other policies she could pursue. More nurseries in primary schools. Tougher school discipline. Longer sentences for child abuse.
Sponsored Post: Gavin Partington: Over 2,000 small business owners call on the Chancellor to think again about the soft drinks tax
The policy risks more than 4,000 jobs but will only reduce calorie intake by five calories per person, per day.
Sponsored Post: Pev Manners: The only impact a soft drinks tax will have is on small British businesses like Belvoir Fruit Farms
Demonising one product surely cannot be the answer.
Sponsored Post: Linda Sood – If the Conservatives really are the party of business, they should scrap the soft drinks tax
Small retailers will be hit hard.
Nicola Blackwood: Our new obesity strategy isn’t nanny state, it’s a sensible plan to make children healthier
This is about encouraging industry to reduce sugar content, improve school sport and empower parents, not abolish individual responsibility.
The TPA identifies 325 taxpayer-funded public health employees. Combined with Public Health England’s budget of around £3.6 billion, this is an expensive and powerful lobby.
Now that Osborne has gone, so too should this un-conservative levy.