Denmark Cancels Fat Taxes

by Wesley J. Smith

Denmark has canceled its current and planned fat taxes because — surprise, surprise — they don’t work. From the AFP story:

Denmark said Saturday it would scrap a fat tax it introduced a little over a year ago in a world first, saying the measure was costly and failed to change Danes’ eating habits. “The fat tax and the extension of the chocolate tax — the so-called sugar tax — has been criticised for increasing prices for consumers, increasing companies’ administrative costs and putting Danish jobs at risk,” the Danish tax ministry said in a statement. “At the same time it is believed that the fat tax has, to a lesser extent, contributed to Danes travelling across the border to make purchases,” it added. “Against this background, the government and the (far-left) Red Green Party have agreed to abolish the fat tax and cancel the planned sugar tax,” the ministry said.

Don’t expect American or U.N. fat police to gain wisdom from the Danes. The fight against fat isn’t just about fighting fat any more than global warming alarmism is only about reducing atmospheric heat. Indeed, their policy prescriptions — both are anti car and pro income redistribution, for example — reflect the same overarching agendas of reducing national sovereignty and increasing technocratic control over national economies and personal lifestyles; as I elucidated in more detail last year. Yes, there will be computer models!

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