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What should I write to my government?

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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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