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It is a completely ridiculous idea that the government is proposing to add a 20p tax to fizzy drinks in a bid to tackle obesity. Since when has taxing things ever worked? Just look at tobacco and alcohol.

And as for diet and sugar-free versions of products, the amount of artificial sweeteners cause well documented health issues; at least the human body can process sugar.

If the government is serious about tackling obesity in the UK then why not do something to make fruit and vegetables cheaper?

Poor families, many reliant on the rapid rise of foodbanks in this country, can’t afford fruit and vegetables as they are too expensive but can afford fizzy drinks.

As usual, this nanny state is going over the top.

I agree with Mary Poppins: “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”. In moderation there is nothing wrong with sweet fizzy drinks, so why tax the innocent?

Gordon Kennedy

Perth