Sugar: We can't allow another 50-year con job


Discussion around the prospect of a sugar tax descends easily into a binary argument.

On one side is the nanny state argument. We are all grown-ups here. We can make our own decisions, thank you very much. The government already has its fingers in our pockets.

We don’t need the taxman peering into what we pack for the children’s lunch.

And anyway, sugar is a natural food and it’s part of a balanced diet. Further, such a tax is regressive by design and disproportionately affects those on a low income.

At the heart of this argument