Nanny-statism punishes society’s poorest

Annabel Denham writes for The Spectator

Annabel Denham, IEA Director of Communications, has written for The Spectator on the detrimental impact that ‘sin taxes’ on products such as junk food and alcohol have on lower-income earners.

In the wake of new research published by the IEA on the cost that minimum alcohol pricing has had on Scottish drinkers, Annabel argues that the government should focus on tackling the cost of living crisis, instead of penalising consumers.

“The plan to ban buy-one-get-one-free on ‘junk food’ is still slated to take effect this autumn, right when the cost of living crisis is expected to peak. It’s part of a raft of measures designed to narrow our waistlines, though even the government’s own impact assessment predicts this will reduce food intake by a paltry three calories per day.”

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