This MP really did say this:
‘I think Osborne should carry on with the cuts but ameliorate the introduction for those worst affected. It would show he is listening and compassionate If he needs the extra revenue and cannot find other short-term savings, he should be considering the Sugar Tax.’
He really did. And it proves without doubt that the man is an unthinking numpty. Not just because I don't like the idea of a sugar tax but because Mr Jenkin is proposing to mitigate the impact of a change in welfare benefits on the poorest by introducing a tax that will disproportionately affect the poorest. Including a whole load of people who, right now, aren't affected at all by the changes in tax credits. And, unless it's set at a seriously punitive, tobacco duty sort of level that sugar tax won't raise anything like enough. As I said, nannying fussbucket and complete numpty.