Today Programme : (ctrl+chocolate) "Chocolate should be taxed in the same way as alcohol and cigarettes to tackle increasing levels of obesity and type 2 diabetes, a Scottish GP says. GP and food scientist Dr David Walker, who will argue the case before the BMA's Scottish Medical Committee, and Professor Roger Corder, of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, discuss if this is a practical proposal."
Of course sugar should be taxed. It definitely causes dental caries, and there is evidence for its involvement in the causation of obesity, diabetes, childhood hyperactivity and a tail of other conditions.
Green Party Conference considered a motion to put a tax on sugar about 3 years ago, but the Handbrake Tendency succeeded on getting it rejected on the grounds of "nanny statism" and "discrimination against home made jam".
Pity, otherwise we would be ahead of the game.
Clearly, the Polluter Pays and Producer Responsibility principles clearly support the idea of a sugar tax. It could be hypothecated to the NHS dentistry service, and also to supporting research to settle the question of the other problems with sugar.