Revenge of the sugar tax?
Once again, sugar tax is rearing its head, with David Cameron threatening the soft drinks, saying that Britain is in the middle of an "obesity crisis". He thinks that sugar needs to be dealt with in a similar manner to smoking.
Now, Cameron confusingly has said that he's not actually in favour of new taxes, however, he thinks this is the way to tackle the growing problem, and by the same token, save the NHS some money too. It has been reported that obesity is costing the NHS £6bn and diabetes £10bn.
Cancer Research UK have published figures saying that 700,000 more people could develop cancer in the next couple of decades, because they're overweight.
Cameron said: "Of course it would be far better if we could make progress on all these issues without having to resort to taxes. That would be my intention."
"But what matters is that we do make progress. We need to look at this in the same way in the past we have looked at the dangers of smoking to health and other health-related issues. So that is my commitment: we need a fully-worked up strategy, we shouldn't be in the business of ruling things out but obviously putting extra taxes on things is not something I would aim to do, it is something I would rather avoid."
"I don't really want to put new taxes on anything but we do have to recognise that we face potentially in Britain something of an obesity crisis when we look at the effect of obesity not just on diabetes but the effect on heart disease, potentially on cancer, when we look at the costs on the NHS, the life-shortening potential of these problems."
"We do need to have a fully-worked-up programme to deal with this problem and address these issues in Britain and we will be making announcements later in the year.”