What should I write to my government?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 10, 2011 at 7:05 AM

There are newspaper reports that state that David Cameron, Prime Minister of The United Kingdom, is considering a 'fat tax' like that in Denmark to tackle obesity. I want to write to him to tell him what he should be doing (if anything!). How do I get the message across succintly - I'm sure he won't read a long letter!



on October 10, 2011
at 10:28 AM

It's about political power, not about health. You can't convince them.

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on October 10, 2011
at 07:09 AM

If you come up with a good letter, please post it (no pun intended) here - I am wanting to write as well.

I think we need to do one of those online petitions too - if they actually look at them?

Also, the European Court of Human Rights might be worth approaching - violating our human right to a healthy life?



on October 10, 2011
at 02:04 PM

Unfortunately I am pretty pessimistic that you'll get an honest listen to the "Fat isn't bad for you!" argument, especially from any politician who would even consider a Fat Tax. I'd go for the more libertarian "Government shouldn't be using taxes to influence food consumption" argument, but that's probably an easier sell in the US than in Europe.



on October 10, 2011
at 05:50 PM

To be frank, I doubt he'd even read a short letter.

But I wouldn't worry, as at the moment it is only a possibility (and a faint one at that). If it does pass, you're probably better off starting/signing an e-petition here: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/

If it gets 100,000 signatures, then it will eligible for debate in the House of Commons.

Considering how fringe/controversial the Paleo position on saturated fat is, I would approach the issue from a standpoint against an intrusive nanny state, although I doubt that this proposal has anything to do with our wellbeing - it's really just a potential revenue stream.

Also, think about it; if the government admitted (even in just this one instance) that saturated fat was not the devil it has been branded as, then the entire house of cards would collapse.

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