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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Near Blackpool.....

    Should there be a tax on red meat?

    Just been surfing the Beeb and noticed THIS article

    What scientists at the University of Oxford are proposing is a "meat tax", which they say could prevent almost 6,000 deaths per year in the UK and save more than £700m in healthcare costs.

    What this would mean is that the price of a 227g Tesco Sirloin Steak would increase from £3.80 to £4.33, and for a pack of eight pork sausages from Sainsburys the price would increase from £1.50 to £2.69.

    Now, this originally activated my Enragement Protocols - "is there anything politicians and do-ggoders wouldnt tax" and "bloody nanny-state-ists"....but with the NHS as overstretched as it currently is, cis there not a case to be made to trying to reduce our collective impact on it?

    What do you think?
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  2. the NHS is overstretched with:
    Fat Bsatards
    Immobile ****s
    Snowflake parents and their weakling offspring
    "guest patients"
    and like me, old giffers...

    None of whose state could possibly be improved by paying more for meat.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Living by the C

    Should there be a tax on red meat?

    Hospitals and GP surgeries always seem to be full of poor people and old people, to save money we should tax these things and save a lot more than £700m.

    Maternity units always seem to be full of women and babies, we should tax these more to reduce women and babies using such facilities.

    And what about schools, full of children and left wingers, we should tax this as well.

    They never seem to be full of working people, so we should stop taxing work.

    Saying that we tax death and people still insist on dying, perhaps thereís a fault in this tax everything to stop it thinking.

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Exactly where I want to be
    Letís tax stupidity, we can start with politicians, that should bring money pouring into HMís coffers.

    A tax on meat will only hit the poorest in society, nothing new there then.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    On my own little planet
    I don't count myself as 'poor', but nor am I well-off enough to eat steak all the time. We eat a lot of chicken in my house, not because it's healthier but because it's cheaper! Less than £3 for a fresh chicken in Aldi, compared to £5 or £6 for a modest chunk of red meat. Tax on red meat would just push up demand on white meat, making it more expensive. And if demand for red meat was to drop, then surely it's cost would drop, as would a percentage based tax on it, so we'd just end up with slightly cheaper red meat and more expensive white meat?!?

    Why don't they just slap a 3% tax on EVERYTHING, and then leave it at that?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    127.3 miles from Saints
    By all means introduce a Meat tax only if there's a corresponding strict levy on humus, guacamole, caulifower, avocado, Brussel sprouts and an additional 5% on anything labelled salad.
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  7. I see great value in increasing the business rates of any new take-away by 100%.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    I think if we could stop stupid and ugly people from breeding it would save the NHS and welfare budgets a fortune. I realise that the ugly bit is perhaps a step too far but if you don't reach for the stars....

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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2011


    Unfortunately we should.
    THe nation was healthiest while we had rationing.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Just off the A1.
    The NHS needs more cash because people are living longer.

    Until we start culling the elderly, then we, as a society, will just have to accept that a huge proportion of our taxes will be going towards the care of our elderly relatives.


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