Jamie Oliver has said the millions being raised through the so-called sugar tax should be used to extend the provision of free school meals.
Repeat after me – we do not hypothecate taxes.
The sugar tax might be a damn fool idea. Free school meals could be a good one – or a damn fool one.
But there is no connection – absolutely none, nada, zilch or zip – between how much we can raise in tax revenue from a sugar tax and how much we should be spending upon free school meals.
So, we don’t do that then.
Think on it just for a moment. Imagine that the sugar tax works, in the sense that lots of people give up eating sugar. Tax revenue falls. So, we want to spend less on free school meals now, do we?
Quite, it’s idiocy.