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Boris Johnson vows to review ‘sin taxes’ in a bid to end ‘creep of the nanny state’

Conservative MP and leading contender to become prime minister Boris Johnson has pledged a review of “sin taxes” on salt, fat and sugar.

Johnson said in a press statement that he will end the “continuing creep of the nanny state” if he assumes the office of prime minister.

Johnson said the “sin taxes” hit the poorest the hardest. He said: “The recent proposal for a tax on milkshakes seems to me to clobber those who can least afford it.”

Boris Johnson plots radical stamp duty cut

He added: “If we want people to lose weight and live healthier lifestyles, we should encourage people to walk, cycle and generally do more exercise.”

Johnson’s announcement comes as blow to Matt Hancock, the health secretary and Johnson supporter, who plans to publish a green paper on the prevention of health problems that extends the existing measures, according to reports.



FCA transparency guru backs contingent charging ban

Investment fees campaigner Chris Sier says he is backing a ban on contingent charging. His comments follow calls by work and pensions select committee chair Frank Field MP for the practice, where adviser charges vary based on whether a particular recommendation is given, to be prohibited. In an interview with Money Marketing, Sier notes the […]


Carl Lamb: Will mistrust start a new DB transfer wave?

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Robin Powell: Media must address the role it played in Woodford bubble

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Boris Johnson plots radical stamp duty cut

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  1. If you accept this argument about the nanny state, then by logical extrapolation he should also make cannabis legal – and in fact any illegal drug.

  2. Boris


    If he told me the time I would get a second opinion.

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