“Conservative Party Conference 2011: fat tax could be introduced in Britain,” reports the London Telegraph — a reminder that (a) this isn’t your father’s conservative party and (b) the generation that won World War II left the building a long, long time ago:
The Prime Minister said drastic action was needed to prevent health costs soaring and life expectancy falling.
Under measures introduced recently by Denmark, a surcharge is being placed on foods that contain more than 2.3% saturated fat.
The levy is targeting high-fat products such as butter, milk, cheese, pizza, meat, oil and processed food in a bid to improve health.
Danish consumers have criticised the step, while retailers have complained about excessive bureaucracy.
However, Mr Cameron said a similar move should not be ruled out in the UK.
Yes, let’s punish the overweight more than we punish the London rioters. What could go wrong?
(That being said, Axl Rose’s recent transformation into Paul Williams is a reminder to keep hitting the gym.)