6 thoughts on “Denmark’s fat tax disaster – the proof of the pudding”

  1. Posted 26/05/2013 at 21:25 | Permalink

    You know something is wrong when governments are using tax to influence buying habits.

    I always thought taxes were there to raise money for the poor, the needy and to fund legitimate roles that government performs?

    How naive I must be…

  2. Posted 28/05/2013 at 00:48 | Permalink

    What I find disturbing about this report is the attitude displayed by the public health industry in the face of abject failure. The activists, politicised medics, PR professionals, journalists and social scientists employed in this industry seem incapable of recognising the existence of public opinion except in the sense that it is a useful tool if it can be made to appear by whatever means to align with their agenda. They regard people as pawns to be fought over by the free market forces that they despise and the “progressive” forces that they say they represent. They treat people with contempt whilst claiming to have their interests at heart. For decades they have been allowed to pursue their agenda at considerable expense to the public, without benefits to anyone and with negative consequences for many. I would have thought that politicians would have got the message by now but it seems that this is not the case because illiberal, undemocratic public health campaigns continue to make headlines in the mainstream media and to feature strongly as part of the wider political agenda. If obvious lack of success has not derailed the public health gravy train I am not sure what might.

  3. Posted 28/05/2013 at 10:20 | Permalink

    The most important rhetorical trick of these groups is the distinction between ‘the industry’ (bad) and their consumers (good). This is how they manage to rebrand their elitist paternalism as a courageous struggle against ‘powerful interests’. It’s not as if people wanted to eat bacon, no no no no no, it’s just that supermarkets want to make profits. Shame on them! This rhetoric is pathetic, but widespread, and not limited to the health lobby. Environmentalists and nimbys do the same (air travel only serves the airline industry / development only serves the developers).

  4. Posted 28/02/2014 at 10:15 | Permalink

    You’re headline was stolen from my good friend Ross McCormack. I expect this to be removed/altered and an official apology written to him. Much Thanks

  5. Posted 08/04/2014 at 06:39 | Permalink

    I’m frankly disappointed the way that a civilised country such as Denmark have to lower themselves to taxing the poor – yes, that is what it is behind all the smoke and mirrors – to try and “Improve” their population’s health. Studies done by the London School of Economics show that the only positive thing with this legislation is giving more money to the government to spend; it actually wouldn’t reduce consummation rates of junk food within the country. I hope that this flaw in the system will be fixed soon.

  6. Posted 03/01/2015 at 01:50 | Permalink

    I am doing a research paper on this “fat” tax for my political science class and your article definitely helped me see different viewpoints about this. I didn’t know Denmark had considered such tax. It is my belief that this could work if done the right way. I am not sure what the right way is, but the way they are doing it now is not it. Also, there is a comprehensive article on Time talking about the same thing.

    at http://healthland.time.com/2012/05/16/study-a-20-fat-tax-would-improve-public-health/

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