This morning I been watching a rerun of “The Vote – Is it Time to Tax Unhealthy Food?”
This show debates an issue, in this case whether it is is time to tax unhealthy food, by having two opposing teams debate the issues. It is an interesting programme but I must say I am a little bit disappointed that the debate focuses largely on rhetoric, with little science and in some cases, inclusion of “facts” that I think were more likely fiction.
For such an important debate, I am disappointed.
At the end of the debate different audiences were polled on their views
The audience started off with 44% in favour of a tax, 44% against and 12% undecided. It ended with 41% in favour, 57% opposed and 1% undecided.
In other fora, there was a slight preference for a tax. On Facebook 55% for a tax, 45% against. On twitter 51% for, 49% against. By text, 52% for a tax, 48% against.
Overall, it came out as 54% of those voting in all fora were for a tax on unhealthy food. An interesting result.
At the moment, my view is that a tax on some high energy, low nutrient, foods would be a good thing. But it would have to be introduced in a simple, transparent manner and with the monies raised going towards improving healthy eating. But I’d be interested in other people’s (reasoned) views. Not that keen on rhetoric and unsubstantiated “facts” though.