Lifestyle Economics

“Clobbering ordinary people”: IEA expert responds to Dimbleby report

Commenting on the National Food Strategy report by Henry Dimbleby, which calls for a Sugar and Salt Reformulation Tax, Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:

“Once again, rich people want to clobber ordinary people with stealth taxes, this time on sugar and salt. By Mr Dimbleby’s own admission, this cash grab will cost consumers £3 billion, but independent analysis suggests it will cost even more.

“At a time of rising inflation, after the deepest recession in 300 years, Mr Dimbleby really needs to read the room. He admits that a meat tax would be unpopular and regressive.

“If Boris Johnson is foolish enough to act on these recommendations, he will soon find the same is true of taxing basic nutrients.”


Notes to editors

Contact: Emily Carver, Head of Media, 07715942731

Christopher Snowdon is available for interview or further comment.

Further IEA reading:

What is junk food? by Christopher Snowdon

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