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Why the sugar tax is a good idea

The government needs to take a tougher stance on obesity

By Peter Kellner  

File photo dated 22/07/15 of carbonated drinks surrounded by sugar cubes, as Dr Alison Tedstone, director of diet and obesity for Public Health England (PHE), said that an official review has found a sugar tax could be effective at curbing childhood obesity.

A favourite form of far-left argument is to quote one capitalist against another, and conclude that the whole system is rotten. If you wish to persuade voters that, say, our banks are…

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