Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Carrie Armstrong Columnist

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Carrie Armstrong Columnist

Article excerpt

IHADN'T seen a concerned parent's hand-wringing monologue being filmed in a UK kitchen by a news channel for almost a week.

So you can imagine my relief when George Osborne pulled them all out of hiding by announcing his brand new, shiny sugar tax.

The hand-wringers were jubilant. Never had I seen such joy in suburbia without Alan Titchmarsh and a hoe being involved. I don't deny that I have all the political astuteness of a gerbil. I leave all that clever talk to the grown up lads and lasses.

We But I do know, unequivocally, that we are making a massive mistake with the sugar tax. I can say without any reservation that we are setting a dangerous trap for the very children we are trying to protect with it. We excel at many things in the U.K. Bowing out of international sporting competitions embarrassingly early.

to erect between young people Observing and commenting on precipitation these substances.

so skilfully, that it should be recognised formally as one of those aforementioned sporting competitions.

Referring sugar being Becoming addicted to consumable products.

addictive cocaine As a nation we surpass ourselves, (and almost everyone else on the planet) by our seemingly natural ability to become fixated with, obsessed by and addicted to almost anything we can acquire.

And if that thing we buy can be drank, smoked or eaten? Then odds are we will be more addicted to it than any other artefact.

And it's not just because we have raised the bar for over-consumption so high, that every amount of anything is deemed normal by our peers.

It's because we have this uncanny knack for elevating these things we consume, to a level at which they never belonged.

We then assign a forbidden status to them, rendering them exponentially more desirable to young people, than our indifference ever would. …

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