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Spectator letters: VAT and sugar, Boris Johnson and cricket, whisky and bagpipes

28 June 2014

9:00 AM

28 June 2014

9:00 AM

Sugar added tax

Sir: Julia Pickles (Letters, 14 June) suggests a sugar tax to combat the obesity epidemic and discourage food manufacturers from adding sugar to everything from bread to baked beans. A more realistic alternative might be to simply adjust the VAT rules: currently, VAT is levied on essentials such as loo paper, toothpaste and washing powder, presumably because they’re considered luxuries.

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