British PM proposes ‘taxes on obesity’

Press TV
04.10.2011

David Cameron has suggested the introduction of taxes on obesity amid the government’s failure to rein in the record budget deficit, exacerbated by rising costs of wars.

The British Prime Minister claimed that the so-called “fat tax” was needed to tackle the increasing obesity levels and the ensuing health costs, The Guardian reported.

Cameron referred to similar measures recently adopted in Denmark, an act which has triggered a furious response from both retailers and the Danish, who are fed up with wrong economic policies that are devastating to the eurozone public.

In Denmark, a surcharge is being placed on foods that contain more than 2.3 percent of saturated fat. The levy targets high-fat products such as butter, milk, cheese, pizza, meat, oil and processed food.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Conservatives’ annual conference in Manchester, Cameron highlighted the importance of introducing the “fat tax”, stressing that the tax should not be ruled out in the UK.

“I think it is something that we should look at,” the Prime Minister said.

However, the UK premier failed to mention more vital issues such as changes to benefits’ system, reforms in the National Health Service (NHS) and proposed reforms in the pensions’ system, all of which have contributed to civil disobedience and social unrest across the country.

David Cameron also failed to mention the main source of all these difficulties, which many believe would have been resolved if the coalition government had acted more responsibly and had spent the money inside the country rather than in funding wars and aerial bombings in Libya, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

The “fat tax” could also be used to rein in the growing budget deficit, which the government has failed so far to control through its drastic austerity policies.

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