How can this be? When you think of Oxford, you think of hallowed halls, brilliant minds, and arcane academic pursuits. But...
Researchers at Oxford now say they want to formalize the Food Police. OK, so it's not really police for which they're calling. However, they do want to tax foods they deem to be unhealthy. You know the types - pastries, cakes, cheese and butter. They say the tax would reduce midline bulging by encourage people to think twice before indulging.
The team points to the additional taxes already levied on cigarettes and alcohol as an example of government promoting healthy lifestyles. Opponents say the tax would impinge on personal freedom and say the government should encourage healthy living by assuring high quality foods are available at reasonable prices.
That's the tax figure the team recommends be assessed on those oh-so-good, but oh-so-bad tasty treats. No word on what they propose to do with the funds collected through the Value Added Tax (VAT). Yes, in a bow to politicians worldwide, the team refers to the tax as one with Value... Try explaining that to little Jessie and James when you tell them their omelets won't have any cheese this morning - or real eggs. Hmm...
It makes one long for days gone by - days of hallowed halls, brilliant minds, and arcane academic pursuits...To read more about the study, see this from Reuters. To read more about living a Food Police free, healthy lifestyle, see this from England's Heart of Mersey.